TSA Agents Grope Mentally Retarded Man, Confiscate Toy

Yeah, just chalk it up to ‘bad judgement’.

A Detroit father said agents with the Transportation Security Administration singled out his special-needs son for a pat-down while the family was headed to Disney World, MyFoxDetroit.com reported, an incident that the TSA admitted was a “case of bad judgment.”

David Mandy said agents at Detroit Metro Airport took his son Drew, 29, and asked him about the padding underneath his pants, which turned out to be adult diapers. Drew, who is severely mentally disabled, had trouble understanding the agents’ orders because his family said he has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.

When the father tried to intervene and explain Drew’s disability, he said the two agents said, “Please, sir, we know what we’re doing.”

The agents confiscated a six-inch plastic hammer, something Drew had carried with him for 20 years for comfort. Agents called it a security threat, his father said, adding that they tapped the wall with it and said, “See, it’s hard. It could be used as a weapon.”

The family was told they’d have to ship the hammer if they wanted to keep it, David Mandy said.
“I understand they’re trying to keep people safe,” Mandy said told MyFoxDetroit.com. “But come on, does he look like a terrorist?”

In a statement to FoxNews.com, the TSA said it’s reviewing the incident but early findings indicate this was an “isolated case of bad judgment.” The TSA reached out to the Mandy family to apologize and said the man’s toy hammer should have never been confiscated.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/10/tsa-admits-bad-judgment-after-disabled-man-subjected-to-airport-pat-down/

An isolated case of bad judgement. They know what they’re doing.  Those TSA people are really on the ball, keeping us safe from nail clippers, thermoses and toy hammers.

Are they going to give him back his toy, or use it it as a display piece in their ‘threat’ briefings?

And just in case you don’t think they’re serious about homeland security, they’ve even called in the experts.

The greastest threat to our national security, besides Obama and Janet Napolitano, are the idiots at the TSA.

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