If Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials had sat down in a boardroom for the purpose of creating their worst possible public relations nightmare, they could not have matched what actually occurred on Feb. 9, 2013, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
A young couple and their three children had just passed through the checkpoint to head to their gate for a flight to Orlando when a TSA agent who is now a shoe-in for the Idiots Hall of Fame decided to pull one of the children aside for additional screening. Why? Because she was in a wheelchair. The agent selected 3-year-old Lucy, who is inflicted with Spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.
By the time the agent had confiscated the child’s stuffed lamb, scared her with a pat down and intimidated the parents by telling them it was illegal to film what the agents were doing (it’s NOT, by the way), the child managed to utter through her tears, “I don’t wanna go to Disney World.”
TSA agents have become notorious for stealing travelers’ belongings, leering at women they consider attractive following full-body scans and harassing passengers for no particular reason, but this action really took the cake. Maybe Department of Homeland Security officials should start scanning the brains of its TSA agents!
If you want to learn more about what happened check out the Fox News Radio story here. If you’re a parent, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll become angry while reading it.
When is the government going to realize that this kind of “security” isn’t keeping us any safer?! Have you or any of your family members or friends experienced unprofessional treatment at the hands of TSA agents? If so, let me know about it. To be fair, if you’ve been treated well by these agents, please let me know that as well. A few bad apples can spoil the bunch, but the number of stories of TSA agents bringing shame upon their agency certainly has been plentiful.