What was supposed to be a dream trip to Walt Disney World turned into a nightmare for 3-year old Lucy Forck and her family at St. Louis’ Lambert Field Airport.
3-year old Lucy, who is in a wheelchair because she suffers from spina-bifida, was nearly subjected to an aggressive TSA pat-down at the airport. The incident happened earlier this month as the Forck family was departing to Walt Disney World. A TSA agent pulled the child aside after an alarm went off.
A video of the incident showing the crying child can be see on The Washington Times website.
Nathan Forck, her dad and an attorney told Fox News “They [TSA] specifically told me that they were singling her out for this special treatment because she’s in a wheelchair. They are specifically singling out disabled people for this special scrutiny. It’s rather offensive to me as a father of a disabled child. We are not unreasonable people,” he said. “But to say you are going to do a bodily search with no probable cause whatsoever – just because she is in a wheelchair – that was offensive.”
In the video Lucy is shown crying hysterically, surrounded by several TSA agents. Her stuffed animal is also taken away from her.
Lucy, who has spina-bifida and is unable to walk, is seen in hysterical tears, surrounded by a wall of agents; her comfort friend, Lamby, a stuffed animal, physically taken from her.
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- TSA apologizes for screening of 3-year-old traveler in wheelchair (stltoday.com)
- TSA Detains 3-year-old in Wheelchair (radio.foxnews.com)
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