Thursday, June 09, 2011

Special needs son harassed by TSA at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Another TSA horror story...this one from Detroit.

Thanks to my Facebook friend Deb for posting this along with this comment: "Frisked hard, his favorite toy (and rights) trashed. The U.S. boasts the very best Security Theatre in the world. Wide open borders, un-screened cargo - but $60 billion a year so thug mall-cops can abuse the severely disabled (and everyone else) allows a clueless public to feel safe. Sickening."

-via my FOX
The Mandy family was on their way to the happiest place on earth, but had to go through hell to get there.

The family was headed through security when two TSA agents singled Drew out for a special pat down. Drew is severely mentally disabled. He's 29, but his parents said he has the mental capacity of a two-year-old, which made the experience that followed at the McNamera Terminal that much harder to deal with.

"You have got to be kidding me. I honestly felt that those two agents did not know what they were doing," Mandy told us.

Dr. Mandy claimed they asked Drew to place his feet on the yellow shoe line, something he didn't understand. They proceeded to pat his pants down, questioning the padding which was his adult diapers. When the agents asked Drew to take his hand and rub the front and back of his pants so they could swab it for explosives, his dad stepped in and tried to explain Drew was mentally challenged.

"They said, 'Please, sir, we know what we're doing,'" Mandy said.

The TSA agents saw drew holding a six-inch plastic hammer.

"My son carries his ball and his hammer for security. He goes everywhere with (them)," said Mandy.

However, TSA saw the toy as a weapon.

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