Disabled elderly man detained by TSA, misses flight

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member


    An elderly disabled Florida man is stuck in Des Moines because he says TSA agents forced him to miss his flight.

    When you think "Terrorist", Primo Meza is probably not the guy you're picturing. Still, the elderly handicapped Florida man was detained by TSA agents so long he had to miss his flight home.

    Meza uses an oxygen machine, and the batteries have to be charged for it to work. As Meza and his step daughter were getting ready to board their plane after visiting his sick sister here in Des Moines, they were stopped by Transportation Security Administration workers because Meza's pacemaker set off one of their alarms.

    TSA held him up in security for over 20 minutes and wouldn't let his daughter plug his oxygen machine in to recharge the batteries for the flight. Now just where were those "special TSA" agents specifically trained to help disabled passengers as was mentioned in the article about the woman with the feeding tube? And they confiscated the barbells he needs to help his circulation. I swear, the TSA is going to wind up killing someone really soon.
  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    And when they do kill someone, it still will be that person's fault.
  3. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Then Pedosmurfs are mystified as to why I want them on chain gangs. In Somalia.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Not only that, but they will have followed "proper procedure".
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    There’s been so much abuse by the TSA over the past several days it’s hard to keep up. From the deaf man who was mocked to the Make-A-Wish child who was hassled to the woman who was strip-searched and whose feeding tube was contaminated to the whole host of disabled people who’ve been abused, we now add the story of an elderly disabled man traveling with an oxygen machine who was detained, grilled, scanned three times, and made to miss his flight.
    Oh, and his daughter was threatened for good measure.
    Primo Meza and his stepdaughter were going through security at the Des Moines airport when Meza’s pacemaker apparently set off an alarm. The crack team of TSA clerks immediately suspected him of nefarious intent:
    In the time it took agents to determine Meza was not a security threat, his batteries depleted to the point where it was not safe for him to fly home. His daughter says she tried to plug in the machine during the screening process, but was told she couldn’t.​
    “When I tried to walk towards him they surrounded me and told me I couldn’t touch him and I said I need . . . I told them like five times I needed to plug him in so that he didn’t lose his battery life,” Tonya Gahagan said, “and they adamantly said I could not.”​
    And why couldn’t she? Because those electrical outlets are special. They can be used only for screening purposes, not for, oh, say, saving a man’s life.
    Just think of the possibilities: a whole cadre of elderly disabled people from Florida, like Meza, could be armed to the teeth and descend on a checkpoint en masse, all claiming that the batteries to their oxygen machines have run out. Why, if the TSA let them all plug their weaponized machines into the outlets, everything could go kaboom!
    We can’t allow that. Not in the Land of the Free.
    Any bets on how long it takes until the TSA comes out with a public statement that “proper procedures were followed”?
    So what if Meza missed his plane? After all, you know how the saying goes: Anything For Safety!

    (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/vintagedept)

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