Jeanne Clarkson posted a disturbing video to her Facebook page that has just under 9 million views. The video shows the 96-year-old mother who’s sitting in a wheelchair, receiving what can only be described as a humiliating pat-down by TSA agents in Washington DC’s Dulles Airport.
CBS News – The woman’s daughter complained that the 6-minute search was quote “prolonged and repetitive.”
A woman can be heard criticizing the TSA agents in the video. “What the hell do you think she’s going to do? Set off a shoe bomb?” she asks.
“I was just shocked. I’ve traveled with her before, I’ve been in a wheelchair myself unable to walk through the machines and I’ve never had that kind of a pat-down ever. I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe they were doing this to my 96-year-old mother,” Jeanne Clarkson told CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave. “It was just shock, and frustration because they would not talk to me. I felt helpless.”
Clarkson says she, her fiancé and Evelyn LaBrier were traveling back home to Anderson, Indiana after visiting her son in Maryland. The TSA screener was polite and explained what was happening during the search which included a pat-down of LaBrier’s chest and pelvis region.
Clarkson, shot the video and can be heard on the tape expressing frustration and concern over the what was occurring.
“She didn’t know what to say. She does not want to fly again ever. She didn’t know what they were looking for. She was scared,” Clarkson said of her mother. “She was just following directions. She said she didn’t know what to do.”