A video showing a 96-year-old woman being groped by TSA employees at Dulles Airport in Washington has gone viral with over 9 million views and counting. The video has prompted outrage at the treatment of the elderly woman who complied with the TSA agents every request. The woman's daughter, however, was not so easily placated and called the procedure "prolonged and repetitive".
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The woman filming can be heard in the six-minute video saying to TSA employees, "What the hell do you think she's going to do? Set off a shoe bomb?" The woman's daughter is named Jeanne Clarkson and she also said, "I was just shocked. I've traveled with her before, I've been in a wheelchair myself unable to walk through the machines and I've never had that kind of a pat-down ever."
"I was just shocked," Clarkson continued. "I couldn't believe they were doing this to my 96-year-old mother. It was just shock, and frustration because they would not talk to me. I felt helpless." Clarkson went on to say that she and her fiance were traveling with her mother, Evelyn LaBrier, on the way back home to Anderson, Indiana. The family members had just come back from visiting her son in Maryland when the TSA screener explained that the search included a pat-down of LaBrier's chest and pelvis region.
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When Clarkson pulled out her phone and began to film the procedure, another TSA agent stepped between her mother and the camera blocking her view of the search that was taking place. "It was just like, how can they get away with this?" she said. Despite these extreme measures, a passenger who worked for a drone company brought a drone laden with explosives aboard a commercial flight with 230 citizens aboard. Another recent report by ABC News found the TSA failed to intercept 80% of explosives. So why is the TSA searching old women in this way while actual criminals are getting contraband through?
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Surprisingly, a statement from Washington Dulles International Airport offered instruction for how to report concerns regarding the TSA. "Many of you have reached out to us to express concern over a video of a security screening taking place at Dulles International Airport. Security screening at our checkpoints is directed and conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We have shared customer comments with the TSA for their immediate review and appropriate action."
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