Airport staff's search of 96yo woman prompts outrage

  • 30/05/2018

Video of an elderly woman being searched by Transport Security Administration (TSA) officials has prompted uproar.

Jeanne Clarkson posted footage of her 96-year-old wheelchair-bound mother being searched at Washington-Dulles Airport, saying it she was enraged by the treatment.

"I'm so angry. I could spit nails!!! Look what they did to Mother! 96 years old and subjected to this!"

The video shows two agents, one performs the search while another stands by to supervise. They can be seen asking the woman to remove her jacket and move side to side, as well as performing a pat-down.

At one point, an agent appears to try and stop Ms Clarkson from filming.

The agents are polite and the woman complies without issue, but bystanders were extremely unimpressed.

"Oh, for God's sakes," Ms Clarkson said during the search. "What in hell do you think she's gonna do, set off a shoe bomb?"

"This is uncalled for," a man can be heard saying in the background. "Yeah, [she's] a 96-year-old terrorist."

Facebook  commenters, however, were split on the merits of the search. Some thought it was far too much, while others believed it was fine.

"This is absolutely shameful what they did to a 96 year old lady on a wheel chair. Very sad," one person wrote.

"I honestly don't see what the big deal is," another said.

"The TSA Lady was doing her job. Kept your mother very aware of what she was doing at all times, was very easy with her and asked if she wanted help putting her jacket on after. "