TSA Detains 12-year-old Girl in Wheelchair as 'Bomb Threat'
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Earlier this week, Shelvi Walser, a 12-year-old wheelchair bound girl with a genetic bone disorder, was detained for more than an hour by the TSA while passing through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Video of young Shelbi Walser crying her eyes out was shot by her mother, Tammy Daniels, who could do nothing but watch as her young daughter was being run through the ringer by TSA screeners. The young girl who is confined to a wheelchair, was "randomly" selected for an explosives test while traveling to Florida for medical treatment. A screener swabbed the young girl's hands and she tested positive for "explosive material".
"I was just scared, because I didn't know what they were going to do," Walser told WFAA News 8. "It could have come off fertilizer, because we have chickens. I could have run through something from them," little Shelbi bravely told reporters. "It could have just come off the ground, because I roll through everything." Soon a bomb specialist arrived to assess the situation and take further action.
Her mother, Tammy Daniels, said that she was restrained by the TSA and was not allowed to comfort her daughter. "I am by no means undermining our safety in the air. After 9/11, by no means am I doing that," Daniels added. "But when it comes to children, common sense is not in a textbook." To top it all off, the TSA failed to check the wheelchair. The mother and daughter were told they were free to go, without being offered an explanation by TSA screeners.
In a statement regarding the incident, the TSA wrote:
"We are sensitive to the concerns of passengers who were not satisfied with their screening experience and we invite those individuals to provide feedback to TSA through a variety of channels. We work to balance those concerns with the very real threat that our adversaries will attempt to use explosives to carry out attacks on planes."
The TSA has a long history of humiliating passengers, specifically women and children, and has yet to catch a single terrorist.
Video courtesy WFAA News 8, Dallas-Fort Worth.