Video: Lambert Airport TSA Tries to Pat Down Three-Year-Old In Wheelchair, Going to Disney
A TSA spokesperson sent Daily RFT a statement this morning that says, in full:
TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology. We are committed to maintaining the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all passengers with dignity and respect. While no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce.Policy says that passengers are permitted to film TSA procedures at the checkpoint as long as it doesn't interfere with the screening process. It is also not proper procedure for a family to be told that a child will have to receive a pat down.
The story has gotten a lot of attention since it was covered yesterday by Fox News.
At this point, Forck says the family does not plan on taking legal action against TSA. He and his wife wanted to spread the word about this mistreatment -- and he's pleased that TSA has responded.
"Our goal was to draw people's attention to it -- to effect change," he says. "They apologized and said what they did was wrong.... We wanted a public statement on what's right and what's wrong."
He says, "I think that's the best we can hope for.... I was really expecting them to double down on their response to this and try to find some fault with us."
Forck says he hopes the ordeal will encourage others to speak up.
"People just need to really research what their rights are," he says. "If people stand up...and know their rights, they'll back down."
Once they made it to their destination, they had a great time, he adds, noting that this was their first family trip.
"Lucy...had an awesome time in Disney World," he says. "She's been through a lot worse stuff than this in her life. She's a tough girl."