Posted tagged ‘Ryan Thomas’

Seriously TSA…WTF?!?!?!

February 15, 2010

I don’t know where to begin, so you’ll have to follow the link to read the entire story. If you want the short of it, please read the excerpt below.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn’t allowed to pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?

Unfortunately, it’s no joke. This happened to Bob Thomas, a 53-year-old officer in Camden’s emergency crime suppression team, who was flying to Orlando in March with his wife, Leona, and their son, Ryan.

Ryan was taking his first flight, to Walt Disney World, for his fourth birthday.

The boy is developmentally delayed, one of the effects of being born 16 weeks prematurely. His ankles are malformed and his legs have low muscle tone. In March he was just starting to walk.

What happens next is what gets be upset. As the boy passed through security, the alarm went off. No biggie, right? Well, read what happens next.

The screener told them to take off the boy’s braces.

The Thomases were dumbfounded. “I told them he can’t walk without them on his own,” Bob Thomas said.

“He said, ‘He’ll need to take them off.’ “

Ryan’s mother offered to walk him through the detector after they removed the braces, which are custom-made of metal and hardened plastic.

No, the screener replied. The boy had to walk on his own.

I’ve grown very tired of the TSA and how at many airports, they feel like they own the joint. Yes, we must protect ourselves from terrorists. But come on…this is obviously overkill. Couldn’t they at least allow the parents to help him through? That’s all I’m asking…