Did the TSA Harrass Us Because of Our Special Needs Son [IAH or HOU?]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    One grope at a time ...

    After reading this, I don't believe the TSA supervisior harassed them because of their special needs son; he harrassed them because (1) he was a pr*ck and (2) just because he could.

    Huffington Post: Did the TSA Harrass Us Because of Our Special Needs Son

    My husband and I are frequent flyers, and have traveled many places with our son, who is 7 years old and diagnosed with Down syndrome. We have traveled through many airports and have always followed the TSA policies. However, on this one particular day, we encountered such a rude and unpleasant display of harassment from a TSA Supervisor in the Houston airport that I wrote a letter to the TSA.


    However, we were told that they needed to go through all of our bags because the iPads were standing upright in the bag. We have never heard of this rule in all of our times traveling. So, instead of going through those bags and rechecking them, as they said they were going to, they decided to pull my husband aside to do a pat down. But this was after he checked the one yogurt drink we had in the bag, and didn't look at anything else.

    Again, we explained that we have documentation from the TSA, but no one wanted to acknowledge or even look at the documentation; they just proceeded to pat my husband down. At this point, my husband and I were clearly upset. But, what made matters worse is that the TSA Supervisor who was standing right there had the audacity to say to us "if you just be quiet, it will go a lot faster." Seriously, is this how the TSA trains their employees to treat passengers? I was absolutely appalled at his comment.

    At this point, my husband was so upset that he began shaking because he felt that he was being disrespected during the pat down. He even said to the supervisor: "he's pulling my pants down," and the arrogant supervisor said "well hold them up." I turned to him and said, "You just told him to put his arms out to the side, which do you want?"


    But hold on, this gets even worse. Would you like to know what his response was to me? He looked right at me and said, "if I don't shut up, he was going to get law enforcement."
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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think this is a display of the Best of TSA Training. Sadly TSA doesn't get it. If something stinks it is usually close by. TSA Stinks.
  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    So who wants to bet that the "Supervisor" lied about being a supervisor, and/or gave a fake name?

    And why did she have to ask his name? Wasn't he wearing a badge that identified him? Or was it (as is common) hung upside-down and backwards so it couldn't be casually observed by anyone who wanted to report him for this sort of hogwash?
  4. I suspect they were harassed because they were firm and confident in the way they did everything and got mouthy about their documentation for their kid's yogurt. When you "beat" weak authority figures at their own game it pisses them off, and they do whatever they can to show you they're the ones in power, not you.

    In fact, the yogurt may be the biggest factor in their being harassed. It seems like screeners are often set off by small food items. I think some of them resent that people dare to bring stuff through rather than buy it airside. And they really resent food being declared as a medical need, because clearly anybody doing that must be trying to game the system! That's why they messed with Sai and his medical liquids.
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  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It seems to me that TSA Security Kabuki Theatre Performers are "set off" by anything at all. They're simple wastes of skin.
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Were their lips moving?

    Why would anyone try to hide their identity when on the job? Ashamed of what one is doing? Acting outside the norms of acceptable social behavior? Common criminal hiding in plain sight?

    TSA clerks know the public looks on them as scum of the earth and prove it by their actions.
  7. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    They really do seem to target families traveling with special needs children. My guess is that it disrupts their harassment of routine travelers and tests their knowledge of their own rules, which most of them don't know.

    They become agitated when forced to try to think and take it out on the family.
  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    TSA employees don't need to demonstrate that anyone thinks they are the scum of the earth.

    Every day they get up and put on the fake-cop uniform proves that they're the scum of the earth.

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