The family managed to make it through the TSA checkpoint without any problems. But as they prepared to walk to their gate, a TSA agent pulled aside Lucy for additional screening measures.
“They specifically told me that they were singling her out for this special treatment because she’s in a wheelchair,” he told Fox News. “They are specifically singling out disabled people for this special scrutiny. It’s rather offensive to me as a father of a disabled child.”
The agent said they needed to pat down Lucy and swab her wheelchair – even though both had already gone through the checkpoint.
Forck said he could not understand why the TSA was so adamant about not allowing them to film their daughter’s pat-down.
“Just because you slap a TSA badge on – I don’t know this person – and they’re going to be putting their hands on my child,” he said.
He said if someone had done that outside the airport – they would be in jail.
“But you put a TSA badge on and now all of a sudden it’s okay,” he said.
Forck said they were not trying to make a scene at the airport. They only wanted to maintain the dignity of their daughter.
“We were going to stand our ground and state very clearly what they could and could not do to our child,” he said. “It was very disheartening. It broke my heart that Lucy had to go through that on the way to of all places Disney World.”
Forck said he understands that a certain level of security is needed at airports – but he believes what happened in St. Louis was not only inappropriate but may have been illegal.
“We are not unreasonable people,” he said. “But to say you are going to do a bodily search with no probable cause whatsoever – just because she is in a wheelchair – that was offensive.”
The only terrorists I see here are the TSA agents.
Stupidvisor doubling down on stupid.
When the SHTF I think I’ll do my hunting at airports.