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On Friday, April 19, my wife, along with our 8-year-old granddaughter, were taking the 8:45 a.m. flight from Sacramento International Airport to Orange County to see her grandmother (the 8-year-old’s great grandmother) in Los Angeles.

While passing through security, the metal detection system was activated so they proceeded with a body search of my wife, including the removal of her shoes. When it was determined it had been her back brace that had set off the alarm, they were allowed to pass. Obviously these security people are to be commended for their efficient but thankless job.



My wife and granddaughter then continued up the concourse to their assigned gate where … wow … she was again body searched. These upstairs security people were really going to show those observant people downstairs that they could find that “dangerous something” that the “old lady,” wearing a back brace, had. Obviously, there was nothing to be found.




Needless to say, this was quite embarrassing for my wife.

Well, in order to complete a thorough job, the upstairs security forces determined … you guessed it … “Aha, this 8-year-old kid must have that “dangerous something” (that so far they couldn’t find). Well now, in order to be really really efficient, they did their thing and body searched our granddaughter. Whew, she was clean too.

Whether in jest or not, I think it was completely out of line to frighten an 8-year-old child with a body search.

The little one later said “Granny, they scared me.”

Lee Roberts

Nevada City


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