The parents of a toddler with spinal bifida are outraged after TSA officials forced their daughter to undergo a series of additional security measures ahead of their flight to Disney World. Nathan and Annie Forck were flying out of their home state of Missouri on a February 8 flight bound for Orlando, Florida with their wheelchair-bound daughter Lucy and their two other children. Mrs Forck took a six-minute video detailing their toddler’s cries as she said through tears that she didn’t want to go to Disney World anymore, and is claiming the TSA discriminates against people who use mobility devices.
Words fail to express the outrage at this utterly useless and creepy agency, the TSA. Let us not forget that the TSA, and also curly-que mandatory fluorescent lights with the banning of 60W(+) light bulbs, is an outgrowth of so-called "compassionate conservative" G. W. Bush. As much as I liked G. W., his presidency really turned out to be an overall dud.
Hey people, feel safer with TSA and Homeland security protecting you? Billions of dollars down the hole, rights being trampled left and right and yet these two agencies have not caught one single terrorist to date! Another example of your government coming to help you!
i have a friend whose grandson is a quad and lives his life in a wheelchair. The TSA made him leave his wheelchair, checked him out physically, went over the chair and any and all containers on the chair, and detained him and his family quite a while.
There are more of these outlandish searches than we know about. Having peopis who are so challenge move about in spaces unfamiliar is crewl. His grandfather is a doctor and his grandmother was a PTA.
How much do you want to bet these TSA agents never change their gloves the whole day through after touching hundreds of people.
My adult son has Autism. High functioning, but Autism nonetheless. He and I flew to a wedding a couple of years ago and I lived in absolute dread of him getting jacked up by some gung-ho TSA agent hell-bent on jacking someone up just for GPs. Fortunately it didn´t happen but after reading this story and others like it I´m scared to death to ever subject him to this kind of treatment. He´d probably end up in jail and I´d be in an adjoining cell.
When the citizens get tired of these abuses, there will be hell to pay. What will be government´s response? Not reinstate the constitution. Not punish the guilty. Not even commit suicide in utter shame. No, they will try to ban more guns.
There are services that escort you through security and take care of your busy work at the airport. They can be expensive in some airports (like Atlanta -- ridiculous), but they are worth it a lot of the time. Especially if you´re traveling with a special needs passenger.
The headline is deceiving and unfair to Disney World which had nothing to do with what happened. Makes it sound like DW abused the boy so he didn´t want to go back. Aside from that, the TSA treatment was outrageous.
On a related note, the TSA will remove all of those ´´bare-naked scanners´´ by June. Something about how they could never come up a solution to the TSA agents constantly viewing the traveler´s ´wares´.
Wait! FTA: "Mr Forck, an attorney, told Fox News that he knew it was legal to record the event and said that if the same instance had occurred outside the setting of an airport, it would be illegal."
How the heck is it illegal to videotape someone molesting your daughter OUTSIDE of an airport?? That makes no sense. If someone (even a police officer) is touching my child against my will (whether in or out of an airport), I will videotape them and I will fight any stupid laws that would counter my right to do so!!!
At one time I was a frequent flier but I stopped flying two years ago after the way they treated my wife,who needs a cane for stability, by making her stand with her legs spread for a complete pat down. Why? She was wearing a small gold cross she forgot to remove prior to going through the intrusive xray machine. They saw to it she would be sorry, vindictive low lifes!
#2, sadly I voted for Bush, twice. He did so much harm to our nation and made it possible for someone like 0bama to be elected. Why do the people put up with this criminal abuse of their innocent children and their invalid family members. I haven´t flown since the inception of the TSA and never will.
#10, whenever my mom files, we call ahead and arrange a wheelchair (they broke her scooter, now we use theirs). An airport agent brings the wheelchair and gets her all the way to the gate. She goes through the employee security line, and has never been hassled.
The only bad time was in Jacksonville, FL airport. The guy brought the wheelchair and left us on her own, we had two carry-on bags, and two large purses. He said it wasn´t his job to push her through the airport. Mom couldn´t hold all of it in her lap, so she held some (and got bruised for the effort), and I had something on my shoulder, and something on the handles. He missed his $5 or $10 tip.
We have never been charged by any airport, it´s just the tip.
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President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
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