TSA re-inspects elderly woman over wet diaper

June 27, 2011 - 1:45 PM

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The family of a gravely ill 95-year-old woman says federal inspectors wouldn't let her mother board a plane because her adult diaper was wet, setting off alarms.

Jean Weber said Monday her mother was trying to board a flight from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., to Detroit on June 18. Weber says she helped her mother, Lena Reppert, through the scanning machines. That's when the Transportation Security Administration screener pulled them aside and said there was a suspicious spot on Reppert's diaper. The woman ultimately took off the wet diaper so she could be cleared in time for her flight.

Reppert is suffering from leukemia and wants to buried in Hastings, Mich.

The TSA says its inspectors handled the situation correctly and professionally and didn't require Reppert to remove her diaper.