TSA tells disable Marine to remove prosthetic legs

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  1. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I am just aghast as to how disgraceful and inhuman the TSA is.

    I have to ask, when is enough enough for the morons in Washington?


    Transportation Security Administration inspectors forced a wounded Marine who lost both of his legs in an IED blast and who was in a wheelchair to remove his prosthetic legs at one point, and at another point to stand painfully on his legs while his wheelchair was examined, according to a complaint a congressman has registered with the TSA.

    Rep. Duncan Hunter said in his letter Monday that the Marine, who is still on active duty and showed TSA agents his military identification, was still forced to undergo that scrutiny.

    “A TSA office asked the Marine to stand and walk to an alternate area, despite the fact that he physically could not stand or walk on his own. With numerous TSA officers sitting and unwilling to assist, an officer then made him remove his legs, then put them back on, only to advance to a secondary screening location where he was asked again to stand, with extraordinary difficult, while his wheelchair was examined for explosives,” Mr. Hunter said.

    He also said TSA officers initially directed the Marine to the wrong line, then made him move lines but made no effort to help him. The incident occurred at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport last week, as a group of Marines was returning to San Diego.

    Mr. Hunter included two photos of the inspection in his letter that appear to show a TSA agent patting down the Marine’s arm and examining the prosthetic leg.

    The congressman asked TSA to detail its procedures to inspecting wounded U.S. troops at airports, and to consider whether agents should show “situational awareness.”
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    incredible. completely and wickedly wrong for the losses this young fellow endured, just to have the dregs of society treat him like this. Wrong for anyone to endure this, egregiously wrong for someone wounded in the defense of his country.

    This tells me just how the current administration really views its military.
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  3. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    The true front line Americans come home after sacrificing more than the retards of the TSA could even imagine. They then have to sacrifice their dignity to the absolute scum of America. :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
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  4. TSA News Blog

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    Phoenix’s Sky Harbor has had its fair share of TSA complaints. (See here, here, and here) The latest is getting veterans up in arms, and rightly so.​
    An unnamed active-duty Marine was humiliated at Sky Harbor recently, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California). A victim of an IED, this Marine had lost both legs. TSA personnel appeared nothing less than a bunch of uncaring, if not sadistic, Keystone Cops, mis-directing the Marine and making him go through procedures that are not protocol.​
    How do I know this? I am an amputee, and I have researched these procedures — at least as best as can be done given the hush-hush, super-secret, “Oooh, we can’t tell you what we’re going to do or what we’re supposed to do” TSA blather. It’s written as clear as day on the TSA website that prosthetics are not required to be removed. Nevertheless, as thousands of people can attest, it happens all the time, just as it happened here:​
    A TSA office asked the Marine to stand and walk to an alternate area, despite the fact that he physically could not stand or walk on his own. With numerous TSA officers sitting and unwilling to assist, an officer then made him remove his legs, then put them back on, only to advance to a secondary screening location where he was asked again to stand, with extraordinary difficulty, while his wheelchair was examined for explosives,” Mr. Hunter said.​
    I would dearly love for people to think long and hard on this issue, because it has serious implications. We all know that the risk of a terrorist attack on an airplane is infinitesimally small. This is not opinion; it’s fact. I think it can be safely stated, however, that the risk of driving a wounded warrior over the edge is quite a bit more likely.​
    Many wounded veterans are sound one day, not-so-sound the next. These men and women have a huge amount of adjustment to accommodate, encompassing their self-view, learning new ways to do things they’ve been doing since they were toddlers, and wondering how their newfound cyborg status will affect their relationships, lives, and career prospects.​
    They have seen and been in situations so horrific that I can’t even imagine. And then they come home. We as a nation should embrace these young men and women. We should show them that they are still respected, valued, and as included as they would have been had they not been wounded. The U.S., in other words, should feel safe to them.​
    Mistreatment at the hands of the TSA is an egregious assault on these people. I’m not alone in this assessment: read the comments at the article. The veterans commenting know something about war.​
    What I know about war was through observing my father, a veteran officer of WWII who served in the Pacific. He wouldn’t talk about his experiences until he was dying; it was too traumatic. He buried the horror deep inside. It cost him a lot: it cost him his marriage, and he was on the brink of career and alcoholic ruin until he managed not to fall into the abyss.​
    But one of the things he didn’t have to worry about was that from the outside he appeared to be a big, strapping, handsome, brilliant man with “Dr.” in front of his name. I can only imagine what would have happened if he’d had the extra burden of a constant physical reminder of his experiences to haunt him. And if he’d been as badly treated as this veteran and countless others have been.​
    We as a nation have to really consider what we’re doing. We are heaping hurt on a subset of the population that numbers in the millions. Who knows what the consequences will be? I would submit that if you want to worry, worry more about what we are doing than what any terrorist organization is doing.​
    (Photo: DVIDSHUB/Flickr Creative Commons)
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    It was a good thing that I was in my cardiologist office when I read this.

    TSA is the Terrorist Organization we should be fighting against. Nuke 'Em!!
  6. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I saw a poster recently at a checkpoint boasting the percentage of TSA employees that served in the armed forces. Something like "Did you know - X out of X TSA Officers are veterans?"

    And that's a Pretzel Snak Fact! :rolleyes:

    So where were all the veteran TSA employees, in Passenger Support Specialist training? :rolleyes:
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I've often thought that TSA employees get a lobotomy on day one of training.

    What else could account for the utterly stupid performance of TSA employees?:confused:
  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    "Veterans," or just "ex-military?" If they washed out on a Big Chicken Dinner or the like, or took a job with the TSA, I'm not inclined to call them "veterans."

    Just like I'm not inclined to call the smurfchen "officers," as they meet none of the basic criteria.
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Had to look up "Big Chicken Dinner" (BCD=Bad Conduct Discharge) and Urban Dictionary revealed to me what may be my new favourite term for TSClerks: Shitbird.

    "A completely useless individual who is unaware of his/her own complete uselessness."
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm sure TSA will tell how we misinterpet what happened and how TSA screeners have no fault in how this Marine thinks he was screened.

    What say you, Rugape?
  11. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Enter in the TSA Response Sweepstakes – Guess Which Response TSA Will Issue and Win a Free Checkpoint Massage!!

    A. Our screeners acted appropriately.
    B. Our screeners will receive additional training.
    C. TSA treats all passengers with respect and dignity.
    D. We regret this incident and will contact the passenger directly, not through the media.
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  12. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    All of the above.
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  13. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Right! Probably from different TSA spokesholes but ya never know with these idiots.
  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I'm sure TSA personnel hate active military because they're all too aware that the active military personnel are ten times the men that the TSA screeners will ever be - or have been.

    After all - if they're still in the military, they haven't sunk so far as to take a job with the TSA to lie to people and grope them for money.
  15. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    They forfeited any respect due for their prior service when they put on the smurf costume.
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  16. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    One of these days, a freedom fluffer will pull this stunt on the wrong Marine, and his buddies in Force Recon will show the smurf the error of his ways.

    I just hope it ends up on YouTube.
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  17. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    from your lips to gods ears
  18. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Not a peep out of Boggy Bob. Suggests to me that TSA is in damage control and working on their lies.
  19. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    I say that if it happened as reported, then there is no excuse for this and the employees involved need to be removed. I also say, that I have no information on what happened other than what has been published in the newsies, and I am waiting to see what response (video, statements, etc) comes out on the other end of this.

    The last figure I saw was 1 in 4 nationwide, with some variances based on geography.

    Actually, something like this will have a pretty extensive investigation. It may take a bit for any response to come out (and I could be wrong, they may post something this afternoon).
  20. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    There is something very, very wrong with our armed forces if that many people complete a tour and still come out without any marketable skills or a concept of honor/honorable behavior.

    It takes some time to find and delete the right video. After they only managed to delete one segment of the breast-milk incident at PHX, I'm sure this time they'll try to get all of it.

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