Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search | mother, search, adult – The News Herald

Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search | mother, search, adult – The News Herald.

Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search

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A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.

Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.

Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.

“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”

Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration in Miami, said she could not comment on specific cases to protect the privacy of those involved.

“The TSA works with passengers to resolve any security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner,” she said.

Weber’s mother entered the airport’s security checkpoint in a wheelchair because she was not stable enough to walk through, Weber said.

Wheelchairs trigger certain protocols, including pat-downs and possible swabbing for explosives, Koshetz said.

“During any part of the process, if there is an alarm, then we have to resolve that alarm,” she said.

Weber said she did not know whether her mother had triggered an alarm during the 45 minutes they were detained.

She said her mother was first pulled aside into a glass-partitioned area and patted down. Then she was taken to another room to protect her privacy during a more extensive search, Weber said.

Weber said she sat outside the room during the search.

She said security personnel then came out and told her they would need for her mother to remove her Depends diaper because it was soiled and was impeding their search.

Weber wheeled her mother into a bathroom, removed her diaper and returned. Her mother did not have another clean diaper with her, Weber said.

Weber said she wished there were less invasive search methods for an elderly person who is unable to walk through security gates.

“I don’t understand why they have to put them through that kind of procedure,” she said.

Koshetz said the procedures are the same for everyone to ensure national security.

“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” she said.

Weber filed a complaint through Northwest Florida Regional’s website. She said she received a response from a Homeland Security representative at the airport on Tuesday and spoke to that person on the phone Wednesday.

The representative told her that personnel had followed procedures during the search, Weber said.

“Then I thought, if you’re just following rules and regulations, then the rules and regulations need to be changed,” she said.

Weber said she plans to file additional complaints next week.

“I’m not one to make waves, but dadgummit, this is wrong. People need to know. Next time it could be you.”


It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency | Watts Up With That?

It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency | Watts Up With That?.


It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency

“Experiment” on the US power grid will change the way some clocks and other equipment function.

A 60 hertz sine wave, over one cycle (360°). The dashed line represents the root mean square (RMS) value at about 0.707 Image: Wikipedia

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The AP has released an “exclusive” story concerning the nationwide “experiment” that will be conducted on the US power grid.  The experiment will relieve the power providers from the duty of regulating the frequency of power on the line.

Normally the power stations condition their power to a frequency of 60 cycles a second, a frequency that many old clocks use to maintain their time.  With the new standard, or lack of standard, these clocks will stop keeping time properly.

But the problem is more than that.

First, we have this gem from Joe McLelland who heads the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (from AP article):

“Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?” McClelland said. “Let’s see if anyone complains if we eliminate it.”

… forgive me for not getting warm fuzzies from this.  Likewise,  Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, had this to say (AP Article again):

“A lot of people are going to have things break and they’re not going to know why,”

So, we have what appears to be an untested, for the hell of it, “experimental” major change to the US electrical grid coming in a few weeks and those in charge aren’t really sure how it will work or if it may break something?

Not only is this what a LAB is for, but it is also something that the Federal Government should be TELLING people about in advance, and not in an AP “exclusive” press release

Koch Industries: Social Security Age Should Be Raised

Ryan Grimryan@huffingtonpost.comBecome a fan of this reporterGET UPDATES FROM RYANLike738Koch Industries: Social Security Age Should Be RaisedPosted: 06/22/11 10:30 AM

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan negotiators representing the House, Senate and White House continue to haggle over what spending cuts will be demanded in exchange for agreeing to pay past debts. The group is deadlocked on the two key issues, however, as Republicans insist that no tax increases can be any part of an agreement, while Democrats are ruling out cuts to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.A new video by Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films, “The Koch Echo Chamber,” puts the GOP position that changes to Social Security ought to be a part of a deficit reduction plan in the context of the Koch brothers longtime support for conservative and libertarian organizations who argue for such cuts.Over the years, the Mercatus Center, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Reason Foundation have collectively been given $28 million by the GOP benefactors, the film notes, tying that giving to a subsequent shift in the public conversation as it relates to Social Security.WATCH:

via Koch Industries: Social Security Age Should Be Raised.

Krauthammer Slams Obama Admin’s “Lawlessness” On Immigration | RealClearPolitics

Krauthammer Slams Obama Admin’s “Lawlessness” On Immigration | RealClearPolitics.

Krauthammer Slams Obama Admin’s “Lawlessness” On Immigration


“This is outright lawlessness on part of the administration. Whatever the politics of this, we do have a constitution and under it the legislator, the Congress, enacts the laws and the executive executes them, it doesn’t make them up,” Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report.”

“The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress, it is now being enacted by the executive despite the expressed will of the Congress. That is lawless. It may not be an explicit executive order, it is an implicit one.”

Geithner: “No alternative” but to raise taxes on small businesses | The Right Scoop

Geithner: “No alternative” but to raise taxes on small businesses | The Right Scoop.

Geithner: “No alternative” but to raise taxes on small businesses

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) did a fantastic job yesterday making Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner squirm in front of the House Small Business Committee. Geithner claimed there was “no alternative” but to raise taxes on America’s small businesses, unless we wanted to (gasp!) shrink government programs like education. So, rather than make even the tiniest reduction in the size of our bloated federal government, the Obama administration instead would rather raise taxes on job-creating small businesses in the midst of a horrific recession.

And what good would that do? Not much, according to the CBO, which just reported thatour deficits would be unsustainable even with Clinton-era tax revenue.

Ellmers wasn’t buying Geithner’s mumbo-jumbo, and she even got in a little zinger at the end!

Via CNS News.