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94-Year-Old Woman Says TSA Crossed the Line with Pat Down
94-Year-Old Woman Says TSA Crossed the Line with Pat Down

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "I didn't think I was much of a threat to anybody," said Marian Peterson.

Traveling back home from visiting her daughter in North Carolina, 94-year-old Marian Peterson was pulled out of line for a random security check.

"They patted me down, and they made me stand for, with my arms out, for over 10 minutes," she said.

"They groped her. All of her body: her crotch, her breasts and everything else," said her son, Joe Peterson.

Her son, Joe, said the TSA went too far. Marian said it was almost too much for her to take.

"When they let me finally sit down I said, 'I'm glad you're finally being kind to me' that way because I couldn't take it any longer," she said.

A TSA Representative said they have not yet been contacted by the family, and citing privacy concerns, would not comment directly on Marian Peterson's complaint, but issued this statement:

"While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner."

"I'm for security and I'm for all that checking, but I'm not for doing things like this to old ladies," said Joe.

Her pat down comes on the heels of alarming national news: There have been 25,000 security breaches at airports nationally since 9/11.

The news had lawmakers on Capitol Hill calling for more stringent security measures across the country, and Governor Rick Scott asking for an investigation in Florida.

"What were those problems, where were they, how can we train our TSA employees better," asked Governor Scott.

TSA Representatives said the security breaches account for only a fraction of a percent of the millions of people who travel annually, but Marian Peterson doesn't like the odds.


"With all the people in an airport, I can't understand why they would pick out a little old lady to put through those sorts of things," said Marian.


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