Outrageous TSA Pat-Down of Girl With Cerebral Palsy Goes Too Far (VIDEO)

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airplaneThe TSA is at it again. A 7-year-old with cerebral palsy is the latest child to be treated like a terrorist when all she wanted to do was get on an airplane with her family. And the way Dina Frank's dad tells it, the very rules the agency put into place last year to make parents feel better are still being ignored.

Remember that major announcement last year? The TSA told us they were going to give our kids a break on the invasive screenings and actually ... wait for it ... talk to us, the parents! Maybe that would work; if they actually listened to what parents like Dr. Joshua Frank have to say.

Joshua, a pediatrician, said he tried to explain to agents that his daughter is developmentally disabled and frightened by screening procedures. He tried to get them to talk to her (you know, like a human being!). Instead, he says the agents were aggressive and made patting down his little girl, with her crutches and orthotics, into a horrible ordeal. She was finally let through the main screening after an inspection of her crutches, only to be yanked BACK to be patted down ... causing the family to miss their flight and more or less terrifying this poor kid.

Now let's think about this for a minute here. Who knows a child best? Duh! Parents are always the go-to for any kid, but when you add something like cerebral palsy, you up the need to lean on Mom and Dad.

Parents aren't just a special needs child's best advocate -- although Dr. Frank speaking out on Dina's behalf is proof of what these parents have to do every day to fight for their kids. They are also an incredible resource for folks in the general public who encounter these kids in the course of a day's work. I know I've taken cues from Moms and Dads countless times as a reporter for the local paper.

So why isn't the TSA taking advantage of this resource? Why are there still agents like the ones who ignored Dr. Frank and made Dina's trip into an ordeal?

It would keep them from looking like idiots in the press time and time again. And it would just plain make their jobs easier! And then there is that rule change they were talking about ... take a look:

Do you have a TSA horror story? What happened?

 

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special needs, travel, terrorism

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Flori... Floridamom96

The TSA needs to be abolished post haste. The only purpose it serves is to cow and harass the law abiding public while violating the constitution as a matter of practice.

Naomi Guiney

I feel the TSA is there for their own agenda and will NEVER listen to parents of kids. They will never change this is why I am very glad I will NOT get on another airplane (I get airsick myself lol) My kids will never go through that I rather drive everywhere.

MsRkg MsRkg

While the TSA is getting out of control, they are there to do a job. They might need more sensitivity training but they do need to look in crutches and orthothics , because they're metal for weapons. You might not want to believe it but there are sick and twisted individuals out there who would not put it past themselves to use a sick or disabled child to sneak weapons and drugs in somewhere. I remember reading a story in the paper about a year ago where two parents were busted driving back into the states from canada and hiding drugs in their sleeping child's coat because they didn't believe that border agents would check a sleeping 6 year old.

MsRkg MsRkg

While the TSA is getting out of control, they are there to do a job. They might need more sensitivity training but they do need to look in crutches and orthothics , because they're metal for weapons. You might not want to believe it but there are sick and twisted individuals out there who would not put it past themselves to use a sick or disabled child to sneak weapons and drugs in somewhere. I remember reading a story in the paper about a year ago where two parents were busted driving back into the states from canada and hiding drugs in their sleeping child's coat because they didn't believe that border agents would check a sleeping 6 year old.

Stacey. Stacey.

There are kids who go to school with baggies of crack stuffed in their shoe. It's the unfortunate world we live in, and their are parents that awful out there they would plant something on their child. I think the TSA needs to be more sensitive, but I dont think a random pat down is that ridiculous, and in fact necessary.


I think to solve this we should have a choice of either getting on Plane A where everyone gets searched and patted down to enter, or Plane B where no one has to get searched. I know which one I'll be on.

Gilmo... GilmoreGirl29

Thanky you MrsRKG for saying exactly what I feel....this is the world we live in people. Terrorists are smart and sneaky and have no moral code they live by. Do you really think someone who is hell bent on blowing up a plane with 150 innocent people aboard are above using a child or a disabled grandma or an infant that can't say anything? No...they aren't. My feelings are this: pat me down, feel my boobs, do what you gotta do as long as I know that it is happening to everyone else and when I get on that plane I am safe. I don't want to get on a plane knowing that half the passengers weren't searched.

Gilmo... GilmoreGirl29

I'd like to add that all these people who are so quick to jump all over the TSA for doing their jobs are the first people who will vilify them for NOT doing their job when a plane blows up.

Rhaps... RhapsodyG

There are other ways TSA agents can 'do their job' without losing control, dehumanizing law-abiding citizens, and terrifying children. Look up the Israeli model for airport security. The Israelis are a country the size of Illinois, surrounded on all sides by people who want to demolish them. As someone who has traveled to Israel, though, it's one of the safest airports I've ever seen.

Manda Marie Braman

pat downs and talking to ppl is good do some digging in their lives before u let them on a plance but if u got to do a pat down then be kind about it. if its a disabled person or a kid have a different place to do it so they do not feel like they are getting picked on or let parents have a min to tell the kids why things need to be done to keep them safe

nonmember avatar d

Really, the TSA is necessary? Have you noticed how the TSA apparel has changed since inception? Now appearing more as law enforcement? They are not. Pat downs of children is horrendous. Check other countries - do they have the same or different methods? Are those non-invasive methods just as effective? Yes. They went nuts when my wife refuses scans due to health issues and I join her for the groping. This process is to desensitize the public and allow for acceptance of totally unconstitutional search.

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