Not for the first time
, the TSA is taking heat for invasively searching a disabled child.
The video of 3-year-old Lucy Forck was made by her parents after she was taken aside for an extra search, during which she became extremely distressed.
The parents disputed the need for a patdown and wheelchair swab, and in the end carried Lucy through the screening devices. The whole ordeal took something like 45 minutes, with Lucy, who has spina bifida, crying all the while.
Folks online are especially outraged by two things: the TSA agents took away Lucy's stuffed animal Lamby, and managed to get her to say "I don't want to go to Disney World" - words we imagine few 3-year-olds have uttered.
Lucy's parents are bothered by the fact that Lucy's disability was given as the reason for the search. "They specifically told me that they were singling her out for this special treatment because she's in a wheelchair," said her dad Nathan. "If a cop came up and searched her on the street, that would be a violation of the Fourth Amendment. But because you're in an airport, it's okay."
TSA agents told the parents it was illegal for them to film the search, but her father, an attorney, suspected that statement was false and carried on filming. He was correct - it's legal to film TSA searches.
The TSA later apologized for providing the family with "inaccurate guidelines" during the screening, which doesn't seem quite adequate. According to their published guidelines, all wheelchair-bound passengers are subject to a patdown.
Via the New York Daily News and ABC.