An unidentified Marine, who lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Iraq, was recently forced by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspectors to remove his prosthetic legs.
The TSA agents also required the Marine to stand painfully on his legs while his wheelchair was examined, according to a complaint filed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) with the TSA on Monday.
Rep. Duncan Hunter said the Marine, who is still on active duty, showed TSA agents his military identification, but was still forced to undergo the extreme search at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport last week, reports WashingtonTimes.com.
“A TSA office asked the Marine to stand and walk to an alternate area, despite the fact that he physically could not stand or walk on his own," Rep Hunter wrote. "With numerous TSA officers sitting and unwilling to assist, an officer then made him remove his legs, then put them back on, only to advance to a secondary screening location where he was asked again to stand, with extraordinary difficult, while his wheelchair was examined for explosives.”
Rep. Hunter asked TSA to detail its procedures to inspecting wounded U.S. servicemen at airports and asked whether agents should show “situational awareness.”
The TSA website states: "[Active] Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are entrusted to protect the security and values of citizens with their lives and as such TSA recognizes that these members pose very little risk to aviation security."