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TSA refused to let mother comfort her
weeping wheelchair-bound daughter, 12,
as they detained her for an hour ´after
detecting explosives on her hands´

Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/14/2012 2:53:11 PM

A 12-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair was left in tears after TSA agents detained her for nearly an hour at a Texas airport after saying they found traces of bomb residue on her hands, her mother claimed today. Shelbi Walser was travelling to Florida with her mother, Tammy Daniels, for treatment for her brittle bone disorder when she was stopped at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. A TSA agent swabbed Shelbi´s hands and she tested positive for explosives. But the wheelchair, which is likely to have transferred any substance to her hands as she pushed it

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 12/14/2012 3:02:17 PM     (No. 9065766)

Sue the pants off these idiots on a power trip! I am so UP TO HERE with the PC-approah at our airports. Learn from the experts: Israel, & get over the fear of profiling, or the airlines will continue to suffer from not enough consumers!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Feebie, 12/14/2012 3:07:28 PM     (No. 9065773)

sick.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: trapper, 12/14/2012 3:08:33 PM     (No. 9065776)

Some people just need to calm down. She tested positive for something, so they have to check it out. I suspect it was the mother´s antics that got the child upset, not the TSA agents. If she had treated it as just another inconvenience, part of air travel in 2012 America, the girl could have just sat there calmly reading a book and waiting it out as the TSA did what they needed to do. This falls into the same category as those travelers who get furious and yell at the ticket agents when their flights are delayed because of the weather.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/14/2012 3:10:36 PM     (No. 9065781)

We are incrementally being taught to submit to government authority without question. When the time comes that we are ordered to board boxcars, we will submit without objection. The People no longer realize that the government is supposed to work for US. We are subjects of the government now.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 12/14/2012 3:13:40 PM     (No. 9065789)

#3 you will be one of the ones who goes quietly to the gas chamber too, yes?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 12/14/2012 3:17:25 PM     (No. 9065797)

If one thinks this sucks for the kid, wait till this is what you get from goobernment run healthcare.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 12/14/2012 3:24:23 PM     (No. 9065811)

re #3 -- the article & videos make it clear everyone was cooperating. The security officials at the bare minimum should have let her mother be with her. They should be sued for false arrest & kidnapping of a minor. Period.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: noddy, 12/14/2012 3:25:52 PM     (No. 9065813)

I´m sure the girl was feeling some excitement about the trip. Then being taken away from her mother by authority figures had to have been stressful. I really question the separating of mother and daughter here. That may be unlawful.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Jloophole, 12/14/2012 3:32:10 PM     (No. 9065822)

My daughter set off alarms once at Security ....turns out it was her deodorant or perfume.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 12/14/2012 3:41:09 PM     (No. 9065844)

Ya know, I could almost be with #3 up to a point--except for one thing: [note to self--do not yell!]: The Stupid Buffoons Didn´t Check The Wheelchair! And BTW, #3, exactly what "antics" are you talking about? And BTW 2nd--what did the bomb expert that they waited an hour for do? Some things just get under my skin--and TSA and the sheeplike acquiescence of the public at large is one of them. The TSA´s cookie-cutter mush mouth bureaucrat-ese responses to this kind of thing literally--that´s literally literally, not Joe Biden literally-- add insult to injury.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: richwill, 12/14/2012 3:49:28 PM     (No. 9065870)

We have reached a point of no return in this country. We only need two more legs to be legitimate sheeple. The proverbial box cars are next.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Yephora, 12/14/2012 4:08:19 PM     (No. 9065899)

Remember, all this thuggish behavior against innocent American civilians spills down from Butch "Jackboot" Napolitano. S/he undoubtedly wrote the TSA guidelines with Barack the Destroyer´s approval.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: novakid, 12/14/2012 4:09:22 PM     (No. 9065903)

Doesn´t this make you feel a lot more safe about travelling? That 12-year-old surely looked suspicious to me! Too bad she didn´t wear a burka; then she wouldn´t have been bothered!

Is there IQ test for TSA personnel? Over 95 and you fail?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Moonspinner, 12/14/2012 4:10:45 PM     (No. 9065905)

I am still waiting for the American people to revolt over the TSA tactics and the government who authorizes this Nazi-like behavior of the TSA agents. I am waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, .... Obviously the American people are sheeple not people.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/14/2012 4:18:16 PM     (No. 9065913)

Agree, #10. A child with a serious illness deserves at least some kindness.

#3, yes, just let the powers-that-be do whatever they want to you. Submit even to outrageous impositions on your privacy or freedom. Calm down, don´t make waves. Some day it will happen to you or yours, and you won´t be so sanguine.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: flyingcloud, 12/14/2012 4:28:03 PM     (No. 9065933)



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Reply 17 - Posted by: flyingcloud, 12/14/2012 4:31:47 PM     (No. 9065936)

OOPs...a little quick with the enter key...at the very least the wheelchair should have been tested. Anyone with an IQ above room temperature should have thought to do that.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 12/14/2012 5:17:45 PM     (No. 9065995)

The security theatre is such a joke.

My nephew works demolishing buidings, has handled all sorts of explosives right before getting on a plane, been swabbed down, and walked through the "detector."

It´s nonesense. About as meaningful as tarot cards.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 12/14/2012 5:22:10 PM     (No. 9066002)

Give #3 a break folks. I´m guessing he had a little too much to drink at the TSA Christmas Party. Whoops. Make that the Holiday Party.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: coyote, 12/14/2012 5:24:23 PM     (No. 9066006)

Abolish the TSA!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: msjena, 12/14/2012 5:25:43 PM     (No. 9066008)

#3--I couldn´t disagree more. If the mother got upset--she had every right to! It was her child! What did they expect? A little common sense was in order her. You call a supervisor, the supervisor see it´s a child, asks the mother a few questions (they can be trained to ask questions that detect true criminals) and let them go. TSA is out of control. I don´t even fly any more if I can avoid it.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/14/2012 5:26:15 PM     (No. 9066010)

Aren´t there basic rules in law enforcement about the treatment of detained minors? Aren´t they supposed to have a parent or guardian with them to prevent questionable actions by authorities? Several posters are correct about one thing; we are being behaviourally trained to accept without question whatever the gubmint wants to do with us.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: CentralFLMom, 12/14/2012 5:35:11 PM     (No. 9066037)

The TSA is full of thugs who prey on the weak. My wheelchair bound Mother was detained, searched and humiliated because they found her Swiss Army knife in her pocket. She rightly told them it was for her own protection from terrorists. Because she would not give it up, they would not allow her to board her aircraft! She missed her flight and the airline would not refund the ticket price! My husband and I had to drive over 600 miles to take her home. TSA and the entire transportation system has been hijacked by communist liberals.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: lzboy, 12/14/2012 5:36:12 PM     (No. 9066041)

#3 is way out there.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Passion, 12/14/2012 5:42:25 PM     (No. 9066046)

#3 and #19 - when was your last shearing. I think you´re both overdue.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: jimK1, 12/14/2012 5:47:00 PM     (No. 9066057)

The Department of Homeland Security, TSA, ATF should all be abolished and the Patriot Act repealed. Did you get all that NSA? I really detest flying now.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/14/2012 6:06:01 PM     (No. 9066093)

I got swabbed once at Dulles and the results were "borderline" suspicious. It was hand lotion and the TSA agent admitted that lotion frequently does that. Mass stupidity.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/14/2012 6:07:47 PM     (No. 9066099)

The child had brittle bone disease - if treated roughly she could have bones broken and her body harmed beyond repair. One of many reasons to avoid flying. From what I hear, flying anywhere has taken a big hit. Their employees should be fired and if they were so stupid as to think that that little girl was a danger, I wonder how they walk down a street with other people.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: spit the bit, 12/14/2012 6:39:32 PM     (No. 9066161)

Most of today´s TSA agents were employed as security guards working for private firms at the airports they now staff. By the morning of September 13, 2001,they were federal employees with new uniforms and their pay nearly doubled from the minimum. All in thirty six hours. They later took oaths and were given badges.
Maybe that can begin to explain the agency´s ineptness.



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Reply 30 - Posted by: RoseOfTexas, 12/14/2012 11:53:34 PM     (No. 9066577)

The Texas Legislature made a stab at pushing back against some of the most outrageous TSA treatment of travelers, but Joe Straus, whose grinning mug is on the sidebar ads here, thwarted the effort. Texas voters please ask your House Representative to vote against Straus in his bid to remain Speaker.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/15/2012 4:15:09 AM     (No. 9066748)

What do you think all those FEMA concentration camps are for? What all that goobermint (civilian agencies) ammunition buys are for?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: privateer, 12/15/2012 8:39:28 AM     (No. 9066970)

I once made the mistake of having applied vanilla citrus shea butter hand creme prior to a TSA screening. They swabbed my hands and let me through. Luckily, I was not detained. A word to the wise!

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