TSA – it’s invasive and unpleasant. Some would even argue that it’s a misuse of over a hundred MILLION taxpayer dollars (see Carly Fiorina Reviewed the TSA on Yelp… and it’s PERFECT!). Still, it’s a necessary evil… right? At least that’s what I keep telling myself while I recount those long lines and mandatory molestation. I’d rather be felt up than blasted to bits midair. But you can’t argue that the TSA is particularly good at doing its job, especially when things like this happen.
[A] 19-year-old was headed home to Chattanooga after treatment for a brain tumor at St. Jude Hospital. [She] set off the metal detector at a security checkpoint. “They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” said her mother Shirley Cohen. Cohen tried to tell TSA agents her daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and easily confused, but said she was kept at a distance by police.
“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” said Cohen. Hannah was arrested, booked and… locked up in Jail East.
Might I remind you again, the TSA is funded by millions of tax dollars (so is this First National Gay Monument Planned by the White House). Aaand they don’t know how to properly deal with a teenage girl… with brain damage. I know it’s their job to know how to handle these situations, but it’s too difficult. Can’t compute.
You’d think they’d be able to afford to train their agents more extensively, what with the truckloads of cash they’re getting. I suppose buying fancy metal detectors that don’t work 99.9% of the time takes precedence. This is a testament to the idea that if you have to deal with a government-run department, you’re not going to have a good time.
Also, question: when was the last time a brain-damaged, deaf, blind-in-one-eye girl was a terrorist? Anybody? Because not to sound too judgey or anything, but if I see a partially paralyzed, deaf, blind-in-one-eye girl the first thing that doesn’t come to my mind is “evil genius.” Or “terrorist.” In fact call me an intolerant whatever, but I just don’t see a wheelchair-bound, brain-damaged girl as any kind of threat whatsoever. I know. Bigot.
Yet the geniuses at TSA, who are responsible for screening danger before you board your plane, did. They arrested her and booked her. Remember that next time your taxes are withheld.