Dina Frank: Disabled Girl Harassed in TSA Pat-Down
Yet Another TSA Pat-Down Nightmare: 7-Year-Old Dina Frank
The reason we post so many TSA pat-down stories is because the TSA keeps performing invasive and abusive searches on children and the disabled. In this case, it's a disabled child. Meet Dina Frank, a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and, as far as the TSA is concerned, Public Enemy #1.
Dina Frank walks with the aid of crutches and leg-braces, so she can't go through a regular metal detector. This means an actual interface with TSA agents, or, as anyone who's traveled through an American airport in the last decade calls it, "the opportunity for something to go horribly wrong".
That's exactly what happened, as the TSA agents couldn't figure out how to deal with Dina Frank, and took it out on her and her parents.
(This is not the Frank family's first brush with fame; the last time Dina Frank was featured in the news was for a far more positive segment.)
With Dina now in her wheelchair, Frank raced her across the JetBlue terminal, but by then, the family had missed its plane. The Franks caught a subsequent flight.
The TSA did not respond to a request for comment.
“They’re harassing people,” Joshua Frank said. “This is totally misguided policy. Yes, I understand that TSA is in charge of national security and there’s all these threats.”
A quick correction: the TSA is not "in charge of national security", even though its agents seem to think they are.
We eagerly await the TSA's public response, which will surely involve one (or all) of the following phrases:
- "Agents will be retrained"
- "A full investigation"
- "Apologize for any inconvenience"
- "We face threats daily"
The bad-apple defense rings more and more hollow.
At what point do we acknowledge the painfully-obvious: that TSA bullying is systemic? This is an organization whose web mouthpiece Blogger Bob's only defense for harassing a 4-year-old girl who hugged her grandmother is some silliness about contraband handoffs in movies. Please.
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