Dina Frank, a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, was recently patted down by the TSA to the point where her family missed their flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Miami, Florida.
Dina's family was trying to board a JetBlue flight, when her leg braces and crutches set off the alarm, as they usually do. TSA agents said swabbing her leg braces would be enough.
However, an hour later, just as the family was boarding their flight at the gate, TSA officials demanded that they come back to the security area for another pat down.
Dina's father Joshua Frank said TSA agents scared his daughter Dina to tears and caused the family to miss their flight.
Joshua Frank told CBS 2: “They have to do this in a more humane manner. I feel their screeners are amateur. I feel like they’re unprofessional. The fact that they consider her walking devices and her cane to be a suspicious device, that’s treating her like a terrorist.”
Dina Frank actually took her first steps last week with the help of Botox treatments. The Frank family eventually got to Miami on a later flight.
Joshua Frank plans on speaking to Long Island Rep. Peter King, the chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
The TSA issued a statement defending their decision to pat-down the girl: “TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child."