TSA Thankfully Apologizes For Dragging Disabled Toddler Out Of Airport Line And Making Her Cry
A Missouri couple who was Disney World bound with their disabled 3-year-old got held up by some very questionable TSA screeners at theÂ Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. When attempting to make their flight to Orlando, Florida, the toddler in a wheel chair was pulled aside for a pat-down. And things just got worse from there. Hence, an apology was in order — at the very least.
ABC news reports that the pat-down of February 8th resulted in screeners asking to screen baby Lucy’s wheelchair (she has spinal bifida). That’s when mother Annie Schulte grabbed her phone to videotape the entire thing:
From the footage, it’s suggested that TSA actually wants to take this toddler into a private area — away from her parents — to screen her. Say what? On the tape, Schulte says:
â€œThe problem is I donâ€™t allow anyone to touch my little daughter without being able to record it.”
Damn straight. TSA has since publicly apologized for the incident:
â€œTSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology,â€ the agency said. â€œWe 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.â€
Lucy’s parents reportedly have no hard feelings as they accepted TSAâ€™s apology. But they have asked that theÂ administrationÂ get more training with regards to special needs children.
Oh, and Lucy did make it to Disney World. Finally.