The TSA is under fire once again for its intrusive searches after a video showed a toddler in a wheelchair.
The toddler, named Rocco, was being searched by the TSA as he sat in a wheelchair. The boy appears to have a broken leg as he has a cast on one leg. A camera phone video posted by DuBiel to Youtube a couple days ago shows an officer at Chicago’s Midway airport patting the boy down and taking swab samples from the chair and cast.
The officer then offers for the parents to take the boy to a private screening room so that his shirt can be lifted and swabbed but it is just done in the same area.
In comments added to the video by DuBiel, he was told he nor his wife where allowed to touch the child during the process and they were told to tell the boy it was ‘O.K.’ so the officer did not have to deal with a panicking boy. He also noted that he came across the video after going through some old family video’s and got emotional over it all over again. He says the family was on the way to Disney World for a vacation at the time the video was taken.
Originally DuBiel posted the video for family members to see what he had told them about the incident. However, since the March 17th posting it has been viewed over 80,000 times.
The TSA has attempted to defend the search, noting at the time there were old rules in place and that due to the fact the boy was in a wheelchair he could not go through the regular metal detector and needed to be patted down and swabbed. They also noted there was no protest by anyone at the time of the pat down.
Dubiel contends he was just concerned with getting his family through security and on their way to Disney World and regardless it is not an appropriate way to treat a child in a body cast.
“While recognizing that terrorists are willing to manipulate societal norms to evade detection, our officers continue to work with parents to ensure a respectful screening process for the entire family at the checkpoint,” The TSA said Monday.