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Ann Coulter’s column ” Stop searching old ladies ” (Nov. 19 and TribLIVE.com) hit a nerve with me after I took my own 89-year-old mother to the airport.

A skycap took her to security in a wheelchair, as she can neither walk far nor stand long. Neither my mother nor I had traveled while having to deal with the need for a wheelchair.

We put our shoes and sweaters in bins, which we expected. Mom was then wheeled into a clear, free-standing “room,” which we later learned was a prelude to a search. I was informed there were additional steps.

The security woman had my mother stand without her shoes, which makes it more difficult for her, and then asked her to move away from the wheelchair and extend her arms with feet apart. She then began searching her.

My mother was trembling with the effort of standing still. I said, “Can’t she have her cane?”

There was no offer to search her in private.

If security personnel knew she could stand for a short time, why not let her walk through the scanner rather than subject her to standing for a long time and be subjected to the humiliation of a search in front of people?

I was afraid to say anything for fear they would somehow make things more difficult for her.

It seems the enemy has succeeded. In our state of terror, we have let go of common sense and common courtesy.

A frail 89-year-old woman has become a threat. Our security measures grow increasingly invasive of our physical and personal privacy. The new body scan may even be a threat to our health, according to Coulter.

Certainly we need to take measures to secure our physical safety. However, we cannot allow ourselves to become terrorized into unreasonable methods. Then, those who would harm us have done their job.

Joanne DeLuca

Pleasant Hills


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