The 12 Scariest TSA Stories of All Time

Monday, August 22, 2011
By Paul Martin

1. Meg McLain Can’t Get Home

What happens when you opt out of the backscatter scan and ask questions about the pat down? If you’re Meg McLain, you get harassed and ultimately, get your ticket ripped up. Meg was cuffed in a chair and escorted out of the airport by 12 Miami cops after she questioned what would happen to her in the secondary screening pat down. Her US Airways ticket was torn up, and although US Airways promised to credit her for a new flight, they then refused to replace her ticket. As a talk show host with Free Keene, Meg’s story received plenty of attention, with a wildly popular YouTube video, a visit to the Alex Jones Show, and an interview with The Consumerist. The TSA released surveillance videos of the incident in an attempt to lay the blame for the incident on McLain; however, some believe that the videos actually vindicate her.

2. Ninety-four-year-old stands for her patdown

At 94 years old, Marian Paterson is not as physically capable as others may be, and that means that it is not comfortable for her to stand for long periods of time. But nonetheless, Paterson was made to stand “for over ten minutes,” as she reports, much longer than is necessary to complete a TSA patdown, and much longer than she felt physically able to handle. Her family believes that the TSA went too far, indicating that “they groped her…all over her body.” Marian had trouble understanding why, “of all the people in America, they’d pick out some little old lady.”

3. A terminal cancer patient is forced to remove her adult diaper

Another elderly woman, Jean Weber’s 95-year-old mother, in the final stages of her leukemia battle, was forced to submit to a patdown just a week after receiving a blood transfusion. Her “wet and firm” diaper was deemed suspicious, and she was taken to a private room. They had to remove her diaper, and she was separated from her daughter Jean. She did not have an extra pair, and was forced to go through the airport without underwear. Although the procedure was technically correct, Weber feels that “the procedure needs to be changed,” allowing more sensitivity to those with certain health needs.

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