A lot goes into being airborne in America, with a Transportation Security Administration that acts erratically and often fumbles. This month revealed some unsettling discrepancies in the agency’s defense tactics; after the plane police forced a 95-year-old woman to drop her adult diaper before inspection, and allowed a man with an expired boarding pass and no passport to jet cross-country the next day, travelers became less than trustful in the TSA.
A flustered elder claims that despite being alive for almost a century, the absurd aircraft cops demanded that she ditch her adult underwear. The TSA insists that they would have let the woman keep her pull-ups, and that her coldhearted claim is insulting and inaccurate, ” We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally, according to proper procedure and did not require this passenger to remove an adult diaper. Various options to proceed through the checkpoint were presented to the passenger and her daughter during private screening to resolve an anomaly discovered during a pat down. Although TSA did not request it, the daughter ultimately chose to remove the adult diaper in a bathroom and return to the checkpoint.”
If the golden ager was indeed badgered to surrender her pamper, then how did a stowaway manage to sneak a seat from New York to LA the next day? Last Friday, a Nigerian boarded Virgin American flight 415 a void of a passport, and with a stolen, expired passport in hand. It wasn’t until the plane was en route that the frazzled flight crew noticed there was an extra passenger on board. Olajide Noibi vanished the vessel at Los Angeles International Airport and spent the next few days in the Cali sun without consequence.
For the safety of Americans travelers, the TSA should aim to be boarding pass bluecoats rather than pamper patrol.