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article imageTSA apologizes for detaining 3-year-old in wheelchair

By Owen Weldon     Feb 20, 2013 in World
The Transportation Security Administration has issued an apology to a Missouri family after agents detained a 3-year-old confined to a wheelchair.
According to Fox, the incident took place at Lambert-St.Louis International Airport. TSA agents took the girl away from her stuffed animal and they also did not allow her parents to film them performing a body search.
A spokesman for the TSA said that they regretted inaccurate guidance was provided to the girl's family and that they were sorry.
According to WTVR, the incident occurred when Nathan Forck and his wife Annie, as well as their three kids were on their way to Disney World for a vacation. The family said that they got through the TSA checkpoint with no issues at all, but they were stopped by a TSA agent as they prepared to walk to their gate.
The agent pulled aside the girl, Lucy who has Spina Bifida, for additional screening measures. Forck said that he was told that they were specifically singling her out because she was in a wheelchair. He went onto say as a father of a disabled child, he found it all very offensive.
According to The Washington Times, Forck said that the agent told him that the wheelchair needed to be swabbed and that Lucy needed to be patted down. Forck said that they were treated like a criminal.
When Lucy started to weep uncontrollably and her mother tried to film the incident, but was told that it was illegal to film the screening. She told the agent that they could not pat down her daughter unless she recorded it.
In the end, the child was not patted down, but after about 30 minutes the rest of the family was screened again and they were all patted down.
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