The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) came under fire again recently for their stopping of a wounded marine. The marine, who had both of his legs blown off by an IED while deployed on active duty, was forced to remove his prosthetic legs and stand away from his wheel chair while they searched it.
A while back, I got involved in a debate after a young girl was searched and “traumatized” by the TSA whilst attempting to board a flight. The girl’s mother complained that her daughter was treated unfairly because her belongings were checked and she was given a basic pat-search. A bunch of people had major hissy fits over this situation and went nuts about how they would subject a young girl to such trauma.
My answer to that was simple. If you don’t like the idea of possibly getting searched, don’t fly. Get over yourself. It’s a privilege, not a right.
In this case, however, I feel differently for a couple of reasons:
First off, this guy is still an active duty marine and he’s an active duty marine who got his landing gear blown off by a homemade explosive device while serving his country.
Second, the guy was in a joint civilian-military airport in Phoenix (Sky Harbor), on official duty (travelling with his unit to San Diego) when he was stopped because he was in the wrong line, after having been told that any line was okay.
After the marine was stopped, he was forced to remove his new prosthetic legs, causing him a great deal of pain and discomfort before they searched him. He then re-attached them so he could stand while his wheelchair was being searched. Dude, he just got his fucking legs blown off and you’re making him stand on prosthetic legs you just forced him to take off and then put back on? Seriously? Worse still, apparently a bunch of TSA employees stood around, watching this guy as he was being questioned and forced to endure extreme pain, because the TSA can’t figure out what line they’re supposed to tell him to use. Wow…
I’m pretty sure a drunk monkey could do a better job than these morons. At this point we know that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has been in contact with TSA Administrator John Pistole to explain the situation and ask that his people be taught a little bit of situational awareness. Well, I think maybe a lot more people should get in touch with John Pistole and tell him what they think about this situation.
Know what I mean? *hint hint*