90-year-old woman told to take off shirt, bra after airport scanner detects hidden pocket

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PORTLAND, Oregon — A 90-year-old woman says she was forced to take off her shirt and bra during a screening at the airport over a secret pocket she’d sewn to hold her money.

KATU reports that Harriette Charney was at Portland International Airport Saturday, getting ready to fly home after a visit with her son.

After she went through a full-body scanner, Charney was pulled aside, taken into a separate room and told to take everything off from the waist up.

The scanner had alerted to a pocket Charney had sewn into her bra. She put a few dollars in it in case her wallet was lost or stolen.

The TSA said in a statement to KATU:

“It appears the security system worked as it should….Advanced Imaging Technology safely screens passengers without physical contact for both metallic and non-metallic threats…pat-down screening is used to resolve alarms and anomalies found during the screening process at the checkpoint, including those triggered by imaging technology.”

Charney’s son, Alan, said the whole incident left his mother shaken.

“There was no sanity or sensitivity at all to the work that they were doing,” he told KATU.

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