A Missouri family on their way to Disney World earlier in February ran into trouble with the TSA in Lambert Airport when the agency pulled their 3-yr old daughter aside for a pat down. Their daughter Lucy uses a wheelchair–and they wanted to swab that too.
In a YouTube video*, the child is shown having a melt down as her parents try to get answers from the TSA agents.
According to ABC News, Lucy’s mom, Annie Schulte, wanted to record the pat down with her camera phone. TSA agents claimed it was illegal to film them. The mom held fast, stating that she would not allow anyone to touch her child without it being recorded.
The family waited at least 20 minutes while they waited for a manager to straighten things out.
To add insult to injury, the TSA agents refused to give the little girl her stuffed animal, Lamby, even though the child was wailing with distress over the delay. The mom caught her daughter on video crying that she didn’t want to go to Disney World anymore.
Lucy’s dad is a lawyer, and told Fox News that he knew it was legal to film the TSA. He also said the entire family had made it through the check point when the TSA decided to give the little girl’s wheelchair a second look. He felt the TSA was discriminated against his disabled child because she needs a wheelchair.
The TSA issued an apology the next day.
*I found the video on YouTube, however I linked to the copy on The Blaze to avoid the horrible language used in the YouTube comments.