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Complaint filed over search at Hagerstown airport

Saturday - 12/28/2013, 1:22pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- The daughter of a Hagerstown woman has filed a complaint about the conduct of Transportation Security Administration agents at the city's airport after her mother, who uses a wheelchair, was searched in public prior to boarding a flight to Florida.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports 67-year-old Florine Foster was patted down by a female agent on Dec. 20. Foster says she flies frequently but has never been searched in public view without warning. She called the search "wholly embarrassing" and says agents also went through her bag in public view.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told the paper in an e-mail that the agency is actively looking into the matter. TSA says Foster was offered private screening but declined. Foster's daughter, Katrina Foster, says private screening wasn't offered.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com


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