Excerpt from: Consumerist (click for full article)
The Transportation Security Administration is doing some quick apologizing after an incident that left a 3-year-old girl upset and crying when her parents were told she’d need to submit to a pat-down. The toddler has spina bifida and had reportedly already gone through security at Lambert- St. Louis International Airport, when her mom captured what appears to be TSA agents attempting to touch the tearful girl.
The mom posted the video on YouTube recently, where it shows the family interacting with screeners who don’t want any video to be taken. The little girl cries in her wheelchair while one of her sisters kneels next to her and says at one point, “I don’t want to go to Disney World.”
At first, the screener said the girl would need a pat-down, but the TSA tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that a pat-down isn’t what a screener should do and that the mention of one was “confusing.” It’s also legal to film the process, as long as doing so doesn’t interfere with the procedure.
The situation escalated, her dad says, mostly because the little girl could feel the tension among the adults. In the end, her father carried her through the metal detector while the TSA swabbed the chair.