Here it is, my day off. It’s raining and I’m inside surfing the net. I come across this “news” story and because of it’s headline; TSA Detains 3 Year Old in Wheelchair, I decide to read it, then watch the YouTube video.
A middle-class American family of four; mom, dad, and two small children, have saved their money (read the story online) and are heading out on a family vacation to Disney World. The 3 year old girl has spina bifida, and is confined to a child-sized, pink wheelchair. They have cleared security when a TSA agent (thug) decides to pat-search the child and swab the wheelchair for “explosives or drugs”. Arrangements had already been made to carry the wheelchair onto the flight. The mother, God bless her, decided to record the process on her cell phone. She was told she couldn’t, “it’s against the law”, but she stuck to her guns. Since I’m terrible at copying videos into TRNL, you’ll have to click on the link to see it, but I encourage you do so. The video lasts about 5 minutes.
While TSA agents terrorizing a 3 year old child is bad enough, they are easily scared by strangers after all, what pisses me off is some of the comments made by the TSA staff. One “agent” is heard to say, “Where are you going?” The mother answers, “To Orlando, Disney World.” The agent asks again, “All the way to Orlando?” Folks, it’s none of their damn business where this family of four American citizens was going. Then another TSA thug is heard telling the mother that she can’t video the process, “. . . it’s against the law . . . ” etc. Listen carefully to the comments these so-called agents are making. One says; “We do this all the time.” She spoke the truth. I came across several videos of wheel-chair bound children being pat-searched.
It has become a sad tale for our freedoms when an American family cannot fly from one area of our country to another without being harrassed and questioned about their destination. This ordeal had nothing to doing with the safety and security of our country or the travelers on that flight.
The TSA issued an apology, AFTER after the video went viral. BFD.