The Transportation Security Administration, notorious for feeling up grandmothers and children at airport security checkpoints, also gets off on hassling wounded combat veterans, according to a complaint filed by Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).
A recent victim of TSA stupidity was an unnamed wounded Marine who lost both of his legs in an IED blast. Hunter said in a letter to the TSA that the Marine, who is still on active duty and showed agents his military identification, was still forced to remove his prosthetic legs at one point, and at another point to stand painfully on his legs while his wheelchair was examined for explosives.
“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,” Hunter said.
The incident occurred at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport as a group of Marines was returning to San Diego last week.