On Feb. 9, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents detained a wheelchair-bound 3-year-old girl, took away her stuffed doll and tried to stop her parents from filming the agent patting her down (video below).
“They treated her like a criminal,” the child's father Nathan Forck told FoxNews.com. “And by extension they were treating us as criminals.”
Forck and his wife Annie, along with their three children, were flying to Disney World. Lucy, their 3-year-old girl, has Spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.
“[The TSA] specifically told me that they were singling her out for this special treatment because she’s in a wheelchair,” Nathan Forck said. “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 TSA agent said they needed to pat down Lucy and swab her wheelchair, even though both had already gone through the checkpoint.
Frightened, Lucy started crying that she didn't want to go to Disney World.
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Annie Forck started filming the entire episode, over the objections of the TSA agent, who claimed, “It is illegal to do that.”
However, the TSA posted this statement on their website back in 2009:
We don’t prohibit public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping, or filming at screening locations. You can take pictures at our checkpoints as long as you’re not interfering with the screening process or slowing things down. We also ask that you do not film or take pictures of our monitors.