Big Brother Watch has long campaigned against the overly intrusive methods used by airport security staff. There are numerous examples of such intrusions, from the forced use of body scanners in British and American airports to the intimidating pat-downs many young children have been forced to endure.
We have yet, however, to hear of a case as shocking as that of a wheelchair-bound 95 year old woman who was forced to remove her wet adult nappy in order to allow US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspectors to pat her down before a flight.
The lady, who is suffering from advanced leukaemia was boarding a flight from Florida's Northwest Regional Airport back to her home-town of Detroit where she wishes to be buried.
The TSA has been quick to respond to criticisms of their actions, saying that their staff were "following procedures" and that "every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area".
Has the TSA got no humanity? How can it be ever be considered appropriate or proportionate to strip-search a leukaemia-stricken 95 year old lady returning home to die?
This story, more than any other Big Brother Watch has ever encountered, demonstrates the need for urgent reform of the airport security procedures in order to achieve a more appropriate balance between guaranteeing passenger safety and personal privacy.