TSA scandal caught on video as toddler in wheelchair gets traumatized

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) became a subject of news headlines lately after its agents traumatized a three-year-old girl, who’s on her way to Disney World, during a mandatory screening procedure. The scandal was caught on video by the child’s parents.

The incident at Missouri’s Lambert-St. Louis International Airport involved Nathan and Annie Schulte and their disabled daughter Lucy, who were all bound for Orlando, and some TSA screeners.

According to an ABC News report on Yahoo! News, Annie said it all started when TSA agents asked to pat down Lucy and screen her wheelchair. The mother wanted to take a video but an agent said it was “illegal.”

Annie insisted that she will only allow the agents to touch her child if she’s able to record the process. Her husband Nathan complained that their daughter was treated unfairly. The family’s dilemma worsened when TSA agents allegedly refused to return Lucy’s stuffed toy even after screening.

In a statement, the agency already said they were sorry.

“TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology," it stated. “We are committed to maintaining the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all passengers with dignity and respect. While no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce.”

The family accepted TSA’s apology, but wants screeners to receive more training to prevent such incident from happening again, the ABC News report said.

Netizens in social networking sites expressed dismay over TSA’s action. Blogger Deborah Newell Tornello described it as an “indisputable display of abuse” and “disgusting mistreatment of a little girl and her family.” She said what happened was a “violation” of the girl’s Constitutional rights.