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TSA Toddler Video - Pat Down for Wheelchair Bound 3-Year Old Girl Criticized

By Staff
Feb 21, 2013
TSA Toddler video.

TSA Toddler Video, watch below.

A 3-year old girl's parents say they are outraged after Transportation Security Agency workers tried to subject their wheelchair-bound toddler to an extra layer of security, including a pat down as the family traveled to Disney World.

The Forck family was on the way to Disney World for a vacation and their 3-year old daughter Lucy is restricted to a wheelchair because of Spina bifida.

"They specifically told me that they were singling her out for this special treatment because she’s in a wheelchair," The girl's father, Nathan Forck, told Fox News.

The agent explained that she needed to check Lucy’s wheelchair for any kind of explosives and they wanted to pat down the little girl by hand.

Forck's wife, Annie, pulled out her smartphone camera and began filming the incident as she didn't want anyone touching her toddler that wasn't being filmed.

The TSA complained and told her it was illegal to record them.

The mother, who is an attorney, was adamant that her daughter could not be touched unless she was able to record it and she can be heard on the video below asking the St. Louis airport agents to cite the law which makes taping the security procedure illegal.

Tears from the toddler...

The little girl was reduced to tears during the incident and screamed she no longer wanted to go to Disney World.

Fox News reports that at some point the agents confiscated Lucy’s stuffed toy, “Lamby” – reducing the child to tears.

“She was crying for her stuffed animal which they wouldn’t let her have for the longest time,” her dad said. “It’s only about a half foot long. It’s a lamb down that talks – but she loves it.”

As TSA agents discussed what they were going to do, the video shows Lucy weeping uncontrollably.

“I don’t want to go Disney World,” she screamed as her parents tried to offer reassurances.

According to the NY Daily News, after about 30 minutes, Lucy was eventually allowed to leave without being patted down.

However - the paper notes that according to the policies listed on its website, the TSA screens wheelchair-bound passengers by patting them down, then performing a thorough check of their personal wheelchairs.

Are TSA really off limits for taping?

No.

The agents gave false information to the traveling family.

A TSA spokesperson told Fox News that it’s okay to film TSA security checks as long as it doesn’t interfere with the screening process.

Nathan said he later received a call from TSA officials apologizing for the incident.

Oops - sorry...

"TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology," TSA said in a release.

“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."

How did the TSA handle the incident?

How about the family?

Watch below.

(Image: YouTube)

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