Skip to comments.Toddler in wheelchair heading to Disney cries during run-in with TSA agents
Posted on 02/21/2013 6:30:17 PM PST by lowbridge
A familys run-in with Transportation Security Administration screeners at Missouri's Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as they were heading to Orlando on vacation was caught on camera, and is raising questions about airport security rules.
Annie Schulte said it all started when TSA agents asked to pat down her 3-year-old daughter, Lucy, who is disabled and in a wheelchair. The agents also wanted to screen Lucys wheelchair.
Schulte recorded the incident on her cellphone. In the video, Lucy begins to cry and says, "I don't want to go to Disney World."
But the family said the final straw was when agents refused to return Lucy's stuffed animal named Lamby, even though it had already been scanned.
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Sounds like some TSA agents kid is getting a new stuffed animal.
if the shtf there are many t&a agents that better watch their fat pervert asses.
TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology," the agency said. "We are committed to maintaining the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all passengers with dignity and respect. While no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce.
WTF, regrets what???
Still making it sound as the parents were at fault.
As if only those parent understood well enough they wouldn't be upset.
Oh wow, so Lucy got her first ride in St. Louis on the Snow White and the Seven TSA Dwarfs ride.
An incident involving a girl in her wheelchair has been getting a lot of attention. Ive been reading a lot of articles, tweets, and posts about this and I feel some clarification is needed. First off, we regret that this happened and TSA has apologized directly to the family for their inconvenience at the airport.
What we did:
Our officer did initially mention a pat-down. We admit this was confusing, and contributed to a stressful situation. Very quickly, a manager was able to step in and give guidance.
Also, our officer told the passenger that it was illegal to film at the checkpoint. This is not the case, and you can take a look at our filming policy here.
TSAs Federal Security Director at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) reached out to personally apologize for the incident. He also offered to assist the family the next time they traveled through the airport.
What we didnt do:
The child did not receive a pat-down. You can read our new procedures for children 12 and under here.
Neither the child nor the parent was detained. TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers. Only Law Enforcement Officers can detain passengers.
The childs stuffed animal was not confiscated. It was screened and handed back to the child after being screened. All accessible property is screened prior to traveling to your departure gate. You may remember this stuffed animal from last year.
Incidents like this can trigger a lot of emotions, but please keep the TSAs mission in mind. We are committed to maintaining the security of the traveling public. This will be addressed with our workforce so we can continue to treat all passengers with the dignity and respect they deserve.
We continue to receive overwhelmingly positive reports about our TSA Cares Help Line and strongly suggest that passengers with disabilities and medical conditions call this number if they have questions or are concerned about their upcoming travel through a TSA checkpoint.
Yeah, Bob. Whatever...
I’ve traveled to and within Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Fiji within the past 2 years and have never dealt with any TSA shenanigans. I arrived back in the US earlier this week and it was like a culture shock at the security checkpoint.
We are definitely a police state.
Also, note the use of “government passive” language in this “apology.” It’s never anybody’s fault specifically except the victim(s) of their incompetence.
Give them all the training you want, and they will still be idiots.
In all the videos I’ve seen of TSA abuse, the TSA employees are invariably of one ethnicity, and the victims a different ethnicity.
We have given a large group of people unlimited power to abuse the very individuals they blame for all their failures.
We will continue to grope all passengers’ junk with the dignity and respect they deserve.
No, Bob. Most of us have figured out that the TSA's mission is to provide security theater as an excuse to fleece the taxpayer and traveling public to provide well-paying unionized government jobs to a workforce who would have a hard time being hired as a cashier at Home Depot otherwise.
You can’t really fault these TSA agents for assuming that Lucy is a jihadist.
Your point is so obvious that it must never be spoken in public—or even thought in private.
It is my fervent hope that someday soon some pissed off travelers decide to follow these TSA goons home after work and administer a righteous ass kicking.
How about publishing their names and addresses on the interwebs? Just like other “sex offenders”.
So who got fired?
What would we do without Fatherland Security?