The incident occurred on June 18, when the ailing woman was traveling with her daughter, Jean Weber, from Florida to Michigan to visit relatives “in the final stages of her battle with leukemia.”
Weber told CNN on Sunday that while she thinks the officers may have been “procedurally correct, but the procedure needs to be changed.”
“My mother is very ill, she has a form of leukemia,” Weber said. “She had a blood transfusion the week before, just to bolster up her strength for this travel.”
The 95-year-old lady was taken by a TSA officer into a glassed-in area, where a pat-down was performed, Weber further explained.
An agent told Weber “They felt something suspicious on (her mother’s) leg and they couldn’t determine what it was” — leading them to take her into a private, closed room.
Weber went on to say that a TSA agent came out and told her that her mother’s undergarment was “wet and it was firm, and they couldn’t check it thoroughly.”
The mother and daughter left to find a bathroom, at the TSA officer’s request, to remove the adult diaper.
Weber pointed out that she “burst into tears” but her mother was “very calm” even though she was forced to go through the airport without underwear.
Weber said she asked for her mother to be whisked away to the boarding gate without her, because their plane was scheduled to leave in two minutes and Weber was still going through security.