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Those brainiacs at the TSA have done it again

I have very little regard for the Neanderthals that work for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  They are an unfriendly, unskilled, unintelligent bunch about a notch below a shopping mall officer that walks on their knuckles. Workers have become notorious for their shoddy treatment of air travelers.

A recent incident demonstrates yet another example of these boobs crossing the line. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Daniel Rubin writes:

“Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn't allowed to pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?

Unfortunately, it's no joke. This happened to Bob Thomas, a 53-year-old officer in Camden's emergency crime suppression team, who was flying to Orlando in March with his wife, Leona, and their son, Ryan.

Ryan was taking his first flight, to Walt Disney World, for his fourth birthday.

The boy is developmentally delayed, one of the effects of being born 16 weeks prematurely. His ankles are malformed and his legs have low muscle tone. In March he was just starting to walk.

Mid-morning on March 19, his parents wheeled his stroller to the TSA security point, a couple of hours before their Southwest Airlines flight was to depart.

The boy's father broke down the stroller and put it on the conveyor belt as Leona Thomas walked Ryan through the metal detector.

The alarm went off.

The screener told them to take off the boy's braces.

The Thomases were dumbfounded. ‘I told them he can't walk without them on his own,’ Bob Thomas said.

‘He said, 'He'll need to take them off.'

Ryan's mother offered to walk him through the detector after they removed the braces, which are custom-made of metal and hardened plastic.

No, the screener replied. The boy had to walk on his own.”

Nice, hey.

Common sense is apparently a trait that eludes these Barney Fife wannabes.

Almost a year later, the TSA has now apologized.

The TSA concedes the officers should have taken the family into a private screening area.


And the officers involved should have been fired.

One would think the TSA has learned its lesson.

But they have another trick up their sleeve.

Grandmas in wheelchairs and infant toddlers, watch out for this new one....

We're all for airport security. But the TSA, shockingly, has it all wrong.

We have the profile of those who are most likely to terrorize airplanes. They are Muslim men ranging from 18-35 years of age.

Start clamping down on those that fit the profile and stop harassing octogenarians and toddlers with braces.

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