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TSA Traumatizes 3-Year-Old Disabled Girl, Video Goes Viral And Forces TSA To Apologize [Video]

TSA traumatizes little disabled girl, parents post video

The Transportation Security Administration is under fire after a video of officers singling out a disabled girl went viral. A Missouri couple was headed to Disney World with their daughter, who is confined to a wheelchair, when TSA officers at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport singled them out. Annie Frock videotaped the incident, which has since gone viral after being posted on YouTube.

The TSA retained the family after they had already been cleared through security. Little Lucy’s hot pink wheelchair had already been inspected, and the family was nearing the gate to board their plane. Nathan and Annie Frock were also traveling with two of their other daughters.

Lucy, who has Spina bifida, was singled out because of her wheelchair. TSA agents allegedly told the family that they had to swab the wheelchair and give Lucy a pat-down. They took her baby “Lamby” away from her, and the little girl burst into tears. Annie decided to being filming.

The February 9 incident, recorded in the video, shows little Lucy sobbing for her Lamby, even saying “I don’t want to go to Disney World!” as her mother argues with TSA agents. When Annie insists that no one will pat-down her daughter without her filming, the agents reply that it’s illegal for her to film the search.

Nathan Frock, who is an attorney, claims that he knows enough to the law to know that the TSA agents were in the wrong.

“They specifically told me that they were singling her out for this special treatment because she’s in a wheelchair,” he told Fox News. “They are specifically singling out disabled people for this special scrutiny. It’s rather offensive to me as a father of a disabled child.”

Annie can be heard in the video stating, “You can’t touch my daughter unless I record it.”

“It’s your worst nightmare,” Forck said. “It’s bad enough they are demanding they want to pat down my child and didn’t want me to videotape it.”

The couple alleges that they wanted to comply with all safety regulations, and did not want to make a scene. But when Lucy was singled out — and when the agents didn’t want Annie filming — Nathan asserted that he became uncomfortable.

“That set off alarm bells,” he said.

At some point the agents confiscated Lucy’s stuffed toy, “Lamby” – reducing the child to tears.

“She was crying for her stuffed animal which they wouldn’t let her have for the longest time,” he said. “It’s only about a half foot long. It’s a lamb down that talks – but she loves it.”

While her parents tried to reassure the little girl, she is seen in the video sobbing while TSA agents try to decide what to do.

Ultimately, Lucy was not patted down. Instead, her parents held her (and Lamby) while her wheelchair was searched for a second time.

“TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology,” a TSA spokesman toldFox News, adding that it is acceptable for passengers to film TSA procedures as long as the screening process is not interfered with.

Nathan is still concerned over the matter.

“Just because you slap a TSA badge on – I don’t know this person – and they’re going to be putting their hands on my child,” he said. He added that if someone had done that outside the airport, they would be in jail.

“But you put a TSA badge on and now all of a sudden it’s okay,” he said.

“It was very stressful, of course,” Nathan Forck added. “We were on our way to Disney World. We are not rich people by any means. This was something we had saved for and here we are in line — the plane is leaving in thirty minutes…and we are being treated like criminals.”

The family’s three other daughters are 2, 4, and 11. The 2-year-old was not along for the trip, but the other two witnessed the entire scene.

Do you think that the TSA treated this little girl unfairly?

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15 Responses to “TSA Traumatizes 3-Year-Old Disabled Girl, Video Goes Viral And Forces TSA To Apologize [Video]”

  1. Lonell Williams

    I THINK IT WAS A COMMINICATION ISSUE I CAN SEE WHERE THE FILMIMG IS A ISSUE BECAUSE SHE SHOULDn't BE ABLE TO DUE TO TERRORISM AND THE TAPE COULD GET OUT TO A TERRORIST OR ANYONE ON THERE PROCEDURES IT IS A BREECH, NOT WISE TO FILM. BUT AT THE END THEY WERE PROFESSIONAL ALLLOWED THE KID BACK HER TOY AND EXPLAINEDTHE PROCEDURES.

  2. Lisa Gould

    TSA is totally in the wrong. No one will lay a hand on my child with out me being present and documenting it. And to single this family out because their child is disabled is unacceptable. The TSA agent should be retrained or fired. TSA owes this family much more than an apology!

  3. Carla Wiginton Lohr

    I always get the full pat down sometimes my chair is taken apart and scanned and rubbed with that cloth and they always make Makain go through regular security. Such fun :/

  4. Melody Tyrrell

    The same thing happened to our son. They tried to separate him from me. Then they made me take off his braces from his arms and after several minutes of close scrutiny, they let us continue on our way. I was barely able to contain my fury. Life is hard enough without being put thru all that.

  5. Christina Calbone

    REALLY, PEOPLE? NO ONE IS ABOVE SUSPICION! I'm not saying the child should have been traumatized, but terrorists have NO qualms about strapping bombs to ANYONE – women, children, elderly – DISABLED TODDLERS!
    Get a grip on (the sad) reality! EVERYONE is a suspect. You, me, Uncle Bill and Great-Granny Isabel!
    Get your heads OUT of the sand!

  6. Jean Conlon Schmidlein

    completely absurd! I am sorry to hear that you had to go through this!

  7. Anonymous

    Bad people go to great lengths to harm others, even at the expense of children and handicapped. Instead of further stressing the situation, why didn't these parents try to calm their daughter and explain to her that these things are done for her and everyone's safety on airplanes? Why do people always have to take the defensive approach with this stuff? If you have nothing to hide, don't worry about it. Just let them do what they need to do to ensure your safety and then go on about your business! I'm sure these agents weren't out to molest or harm their child. Everyone wants to complain about our safety and how something needs to be done about this or that, AS LONG AS it doesn't inconvenience or interfere with their life? It doesn't work that way.

  8. Anonymous

    Why were you so furious? Because you were singled out? These agents don't know you or your child. They don't know what anyone is capable of. They were ensuring your and everyone's safety, which is what I hope you were explaingin gto your child. You had nothing to hide, they did their job then sent you on your way! Was your child hurt? Was he molested? No. Why the fury over that? Would you be furious if you were on a plane that was hijacked because safety searches are not conducted? I guess not, just as long as you weren't inconveneinced before getting on the plane. Come on people! Bad people are not above using hadicapped or even children to hurt innocent people. If you have nothing to hide, let them do thier job then go on about your business.

  9. Lisa Gould

    I can almost understand when they do it to an adult but not wanting a mother to video tape them patting down a small child is riddiculous.

  10. Elizabeth Owens

    @ aj7thheave Oh yes, because we all know that the disabled are such a terrorism threat, insert eye roll. Let me correct that, our GOVERNMENT is a terrorism threat for allowing the terrorists have their way in the first place at which point they say, SEE, see? All these extra pat downs are for your own good.

    Sheep. You are being groomed for processing and wiring for the beast. The United States government is an enemy to its own people. Maybe you can't see it now, but you will. Only, it will be too late.