If this was a 94-year-old Muslim woman, I would bet my life that she would get a pass. This is a blatant abuse of authority. You will never hear a report of a Muslim complaining of begin racially profiled or abused by TSA. Muslim organization refute these intrusive pat-downs base on religious beliefs. I have blogged last week of a elderly woman having to remove her diaper to be inspected. Several days ago, I blogged how a young boy had to receive two consecutive pat-downs. This is horrific! I want to read a report of Muslims being abused by the TSA. It seems TSA is targeting easy targets like children and the elderly.
(ABC NEWS) RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A 94-year-old wheelchair-bound Florida woman says a search she went through at Raleigh/Durham International Airport went too far.
Marian Peterson said it happened July 6 as she went through a TSA security checkpoint before boarding a flight home.
Peterson said she was selected for extra screening. First, security officers lifted her out of her wheelchair and helped her stand in a full body scanner. Then, she was given a physical pat down.
"They took me to one side and they patted me down, and they made me stand for, with my arms out, for over 10 minutes," she said. "I was beginning to feel that I wasn't going to be able to continue to stand, I was going to fall down or something."
"I asked, I said why are you doing this, and the woman was very polite and said 'I don't know, maybe the scanner detected something or maybe she moved,'" recalled Peterson's daughter Marian Malone.
Peterson's family said it's not just the length of the search they object to, it's the way it was done.
"She said it would be in-depth. She started the putdown, and at that point, she asked mom to spread her legs. She stood there with her legs spread and she checked every place thoroughly," said Malone.
"They groped her. All of her body. Her crotch, her breasts. And everything else," said son Joe Peterson.
The Petersons said the search seemed unnecessary given Marian's obvious age.
"I didn't think I was much of a threat to anybody," said Marian Peterson.