TSA Denies Deaf Man's Stolen Candy Claim; Deaf Man Disappears From Internet

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The Transporation Security Administration claims that security camera footage from the Louisville airport refutes claims made by a deaf man that he was mocked and made to give up candy in his bag while flying out of Louisville after a National Association of the Deaf conference. 

The young man, who has not released his name, claimed in a Tumblr post last week that TSA agents in Louisville laughed at him and several other deaf travelers, called him "fucking deafie," and refused to allow him to go through security with candy in his bag (the young man claims that officers said he could donate the candy to the "USO," then ate it in front of him). 

In a post published Friday at The TSA Blog, Blogger Bob (a public affairs officer) writes that 

When TSA found out the NAD conference was coming to Louisville, TSA reached out to NAD and other members of its disability coalition while Transportation Security Officers at SDF received additional training on screening deaf passengers from local experts in the field.

SDF is a smaller airport with only one checkpoint, which is monitored by security cameras. Our officers are aware that screening operations are constantly under video surveillance.

After a review of the video, TSA found no footage that matches the information in the blog post, such as Officers removing food during any bag search and eating it, or anything to indicate that they were pointing at and ridiculing a passenger.

In general, candy is not a prohibited item, and would only warrant additional screening if it alarmed. TSA does not donate surrendered food and drink items for health and safety reasons.

The original Tumblr account on which the anecdote was posted, teaandtheatre.tumblr.com, has been deactivated. After the TSA rebutted the story, the young man sent a note to Boing Boing, which was the first major outlet to pick up the story, asking that they take their post down and respect his privacy. Boing Boing took down his picture.

A commenter on Reason claims that the young man retracted his claim on a new blog, but that alleged new blog–idontlikeattention.tumblr.com–has already been taken offline. 

In the days since this story went viral, several people have pointed out that "deafie" is a term used largely, and mostly, by deaf people. UrbandDictionary (which is by no means authoritative) defines it as "acceptable slang used within the deaf community." On the one hand, it's peculiar that a TSA agent would employ this unique and obscure (to the unimpaired) word as a slur. Or maybe the TSA's prep for the NAD conference had the unintended consequence of expanding the vocabulary of a particularly nasty agent. 

With the young man refusing to respond to questions, it's difficult to sort this out. 

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  1. I’ve heard “deafie” used by hearing people as a slur on a few occasions. Also I’ve seen “hearie” used in writing as a back-atcha by deaf people.

    1. It’s tough to determine how common this slur or isn’t, as hating deaf people doesn’t seem to be a cottage industry.

      Regardless, it’s now the TSA’s word against a guy who claims his story was never meant to be read by more than a few of his friends and is now refusing to discuss it further.

      1. hating deaf people doesn’t seem to be a cottage industry

        Oh, yeah? Wait until the Anti-Deafiemation league finds out about this!

        (Don’t blame me, gulo gulo started it.)

      2. I wouldn’t believe the TSA if they told me the sky was blue, and I don’t really care if the guy lied or not; the TSA’s record is so horrible that this incident, if true, is pretty much lost in the noise.

        The TSA needs to be disbanded.

        1. It just goes to show you how deep this conspiracy runs.

      3. If the TSA has video showing what happened, but doesn’t show it, then I wonder why they don’t, and why I should believe them when they tell me what it shows without letting me see for myself.

        1. Because then they have to release security video anytime anyone says anything.

          1. Sounds like they would have to hire a lot more people. Why is the TSA so opposed to creating jobs? Let’s get America working again.

  2. I mean, “deafie” is not a difficult slur to come up with without having heard it before, anyway.

    1. The slur seemed strange to me. I mean “Deafie”? Really?

      And while I love to hate on the TSA, the whole story sounded too perfect from the beginning. Now it’s really fishy.

      1. And while I love to hate on the TSA, the whole story sounded too perfect from the beginning. Now it’s really fishy.

        Agreed.

      2. What? Now we are hating on merfolk?

    2. I think “deafie’s” pretty specific. I have to tell you that I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone come up with a derogatory name for deaf people. They usually just mock the way they talk.

      1. I was visiting RIT a couple of years ago (home of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf) and heard the term from hearing people a few times.

        When you get large concentrations of a “different” group you get slurs. It is just rare to run into a concentrated population of deaf people.

    3. Hellenite or Kellerian might be too obscure.

  3. So, in summary, FUCK YOU John, FUCK YOU wareagle, FUCK YOU Caleb Tuberville, FUCK YOU The Hammer, and I’m out.

    1. John, I made you my bitch|7.13.12 @ 11:44PM|#
      “So, in summary, FUCK YOU John, FUCK YOU wareagle, FUCK YOU Caleb Tuberville, FUCK YOU The Hammer, and I’m out.”

      Well, door, butt… You get the point.

      1. A commenter on Reason claims that the young man retracted his claim on a new blog, but that alleged new blog–idontlikeattention.tumblr.com–has already been taken offline.”

        That’s me fuckhole. They trolled me about posting this, but Riggs thinks it has merit so…

        FUCK YOU TOO Sevo. NOw you look like an even bigger asshole than normal.

        1. John, I made you my bitch|7.14.12 @ 12:04AM|#
          “A commenter on Reason claims that the young man retracted his claim on a new blog, but that alleged new blog–idontlikeattention.tumblr.com–has already been taken offline.”
          That’s me fuckhole. They trolled me about posting this, but Riggs thinks it has merit so…”

          Uh, if you tried that in English, maybe you have a point. Who is “me”? The commenter? The guy who supposedly got mocked?

        2. Oh, and:
          John, I made you my bitch|7.14.12 @ 12:04AM|#
          “NOw you look like an even bigger asshole than normal.”

          Have I called you on bullshit before?

        3. They trolled you because you were being an ass.

        4. They trolled you because you were being an ass.

          And John is, well, John. Him and Tulpa have pretty much cornered the market on being “reasonable-sounding authority apologists”.

        5. That’s me fuckhole. They trolled me about posting this, but Riggs thinks it has merit so…

          !!!!Worst hat tip recipient ever!!!!!

        6. Thanks for your input, Mary. I’ve advised reason to ban you.

          1. They already did. Why do you think she changed the handle from “dieinafiredunphy”?

            1. Ehn, then they can do it again. It’s worth her aggravation. As a moderator elsewhere, I find that you ban people enough and they will get tired. It takes awhile, but it works eventually.

              1. Oh, they will do it again. But we have on clear display her level of obsession. It’s a lot.

                1. Have you seen her youtube channel? It’s unhinged.

                  1. Dude, what else would you expect? Think about who we’re talking about here.

                    1. Still, as nothing more than a naive Ohio farm boy, I have to marvel at how mentally unstable a person can be and yet dance on the line of coherency and rationality. I would bet that she can get groceries, pay bills, bathe herself (occasionally), hold a short conversation…but then she makes youtube videos about John…

                      FFS. You don’t know whether to be mad or have sympathy.

                    2. Youtube videos about John? Are you serious? Clearly I’ve missed out.

                    3. In all fairness the “Nuke it from orbit” Aliens quote was played out in 1997.

                    4. That is more than a little bit disturbing.

                    5. I hope she’s getting Soros money to do that shit. Because that means she’s marginally less insane than otherwise.

                    6. Huh. I thought the parrots one was pretty funny, but the John one was just lame. YOU CAN DO BETTER, MARY!!

                    7. I laughed my ass off at several of them. I hope she makes many more. It’s a good use of her time.

                      Bat shit crazy but it keeps her busy.

                    8. Holy crap. She’s truly a lunatic.

                    9. Randian|7.14.12 @ 2:08AM|#

                      Feast your eyes on the abyss.

                      the video, editing and audio quality are not all that bad.

                      too bad the subject matter is a tad bit obsessive.

              2. I find that you ban people enough and they will get tired. It takes awhile, but it works eventually.

                With some people who are obsessive? I dunno.

                I mean, why would somebody keep coming back for more? What conceivable reason could there be? There are thousands of other sites out there–if it’s all about loneliness or whatever.

                It’s like watching somebody who keeps hitting himself in the head with a hammer. If he keeps doing it, I know he must like it, but I can’t explain why.

                So, I’m not sure consistent banning will solve the problem. Maybe it’s more like having to clean up after a party. Cleaning up her garbage is just something you’re gonna have to do if you wanna have a party.

                If you’re gonna have a strip bar, you’re just gonna need a bouncer. If the same creeps keep showing up, then that’s just even more reason for a bouncer.

                1. I am gonna take a shot at explaining this. I read this blog all the time, but I seldom comment because most of the regular commentators have already said what I would have said.

                  I sometimes like to argue with people. For that exercise in fun and futility I would not come to this site, but instead go to rollitup.org because I find no shortage of disagreeable people at rollitup.

                  Mary obsesses here because she finds lots of people with opinions that differ from her own at H/R.

                  Or, she could just be fucking nuts and John is in trouble.

                  1. I saw her YouTube channel. It is horrible. In fact, it should probably be nuked from orbit, you know, just to be sure.

  4. So, this guy doesn’t want us to hear his side of the story?

    (ok, it was awful, shoot me…)

    1. My first thought when I read the last sentence was that it was probably a good thing that they didn’t choose to say that he was remaining silent.

      1. That’s a moot point. Being deaf doesn’t imply lack of speech.

        1. Yes technically true I suppose, and I especially like what you did there! Hahaha

        2. I believe you mean mute point, Scarecrow.

  5. Mike Riggs|7.13.12 @ 11:41PM|#
    “It’s tough to determine how common this slur or isn’t, as hating deaf people doesn’t seem to be a cottage industry.”

    Agreed. I’ve heard some amazing rants from bigots, but never about someone hard of hearing.

    1. I don’t think it’s bigotry, it’s more making fun. At least it has been when I’ve seen it.

  6. claimed in a Tumblr post
    sent a note to Boing Boing
    A commenter on Reason claims

    Riggs took the short bus to J-schoolj

  7. I’ve seen a story on TV ( many years ago) about deaf people who refused to have operations to restore hearing because they despised hearing peeps.

    1. Sounds ‘just so’.
      I remember TV specials on Satanic child-care businesses, too.

      1. Except the deaf thing is true.

    2. It was more than that. They opposed parents of hearing-impaired children getting them cochlear implants because it was like the genocide of “deaf culture”. I believe they were Gallaudet students.

      (The anti-deafie, pro Alabama stock car track firefox spellcheck offers “Talladega” as the correct spelling of Gallaudet.)

      1. What kinda shitty link is that?

        1. the string does work if you CP it

          1. skwerlz 8 my ampersand

        2. The squirrels ate most of the URL… 🙁

  8. Deaf Dan Rather has gone silent.

  9. OT Weekend Star Trek Thread:

    Does the universal translator translate for ship titles too? Or did some English-only movement dominate the Federation? How else to explain why all Federation Starfleet vessels carry English lettering on their hulls?

    1. I’m in on this.

      Earth is pretty much English only, is the short answer. That is the explanation why Picard has an English accent but sometimes swears in and speaks working French.

      1. Don’t be an idiot. The universal translator magically translates written language as well. I mean, this is Star Trek after all. I’m disappointed that I had to point that out to you. Sometimes I despair that you’ll never understand things properly.

        1. Unless it also comes with a magical giant spray paint can, I doubt that it translates the names of the ships for each viewer of that name. I have to wonder which is more depraved: your regard for the truth or Warty’s regard for nuns.

          1. Truth?!? The universal translator translates what you see for you, into the language you speak. Why is this so hard for you to understand? See how all language “truth” is relative?

            For instance, the universal translator translates “Warty’s regard for nuns”, for you, into “Airtight Grannies 3”. Now do you understand?

            1. Your fantasies are so elaborate, you’re the Reg Barclay of reason.

              1. That’s Howling Mad Murdoch and don’t you forget it!

                I can’t believe they never, not once, had his holodeck fantasy be an episode of The A-Team. What a criminally missed opportunity.

                1. Do you think they could have resisted the natural BSG dig, though?

                  1. Templeton Peck was on BSG, not Dwight Schultz, you idiot.

                    1. Shitsnacks. They’re all “toasters” or some such mumble mumble…

                2. I can’t believe they never, not once, had his holodeck fantasy be an episode of The A-Team. What a criminally missed opportunity.

                  Who would win in a fight between Mr. T and Mr. Worf?

          2. Unless it also comes with a magical giant spray paint can, I doubt that it translates the names of the ships for each viewer of that name.

            And in the Star Trek universe, this is exactly the most likely explanation.

        2. There are several scenes where they’re viewing a Klingon or Romulan ship on the viewer and it doesn’t translate that script.

          I think the best explanation would be that Starfleet originated on Earth, where English was the most widespread language, so by default Starfleet uses English. Why the rest of the Federation agreed to have Starfleet as their sole military force is unknown to me; presumably because Archer was such a badass [/sarcasm].

          1. Oh, and by the way: FUCK J.J. Abrams for giving us another brainless Bay/Bruckheimer popcorn flick instead of an actual thought experiment about an alternate Federation reality.

    2. OT OT: Why were US aircraft carriers in WWII named after army Rev war battles, e.g., Yorktown, Saratoga.

      1. Duh…to inspire us to beat the British.

        1. USS Gerald R. Ford!!

      2. Yorktown had a naval component too.

    3. In episode 8 of the original series there was a USS ???.

  10. That this story was even concocted is proof that some Americans, still clinging to their 9/10 mentality, are wholly unwilling to accept that you sometimes need to trade in a little bit of freedom for a lot of safety. These people – habitual agitators, if you will – will continue to bash the dedicated, hardworking men and women of the TSA, who are the only thing standing between us and the dark hordes who hate us for our freedom.

    1. If we have to lose all our freedom in order to stop the those people who hate us for our freedom, then I for one am ready to make you and others pay that price.

      1. If we have to lose all our freedom in order to stop the those people who hate us for our freedom, then I for one am ready to make you and others pay that price.

        It’s a wonder that we’re not all speaking Muslim already; if bitter clingers like you had had your way, we’d have been overrun years ago.

        Fact is, this fight for freedom that we’re in right now requires sacrifice from all of us. So the next time you’re at the airport standing in live for your FREEDOM SCAN (yes, I said it), swallow some pride and thank the dedicated professional operating that machine. That’s what a patriot would do.

  11. Somebody is gonna have to stand up for them rights. Wow.

    http://www.Need-Privacy.tk

  12. Poor deaf guy’s probably scared. I’ll bet he’s gotten death threats.

  13. I have two deaf dogs, and I just tell people to call them whatever they like. It’s not like they can hear what people are calling them or anything. But I’d be kinda pissed off if anyone openly mocked them knowing they can’t hear.

    1. I mock your deaf puppies! Mock them I say! Mwah hah ha ha ha ha!

  14. The original Tumblr account on which the anecdote was posted, teaandtheatre.tumblr.com, has been deactivated. After the TSA rebutted the story, the young man sent a note to Boing Boing, which was the first major outlet to pick up the story, asking that they take their post down and respect his privacy. Boing Boing took down his picture.

    A commenter on Reason claims that the young man retracted his claim on a new blog, but that alleged new blog–idontlikeattention.tumblr.com–has already been taken offline.

    If a deaf man falls off the internet, does he make a sound?

  15. “With the young man refusing to respond to questions, it’s difficult to sort this out. ”

    Munchausen syndrome.

    Mystery over.

  16. Not all TSA employees suck. Some of them are cool; some not. They are like any other human being working for the government.

    1. This is only true of file-clerks and park rangers.

  17. The TSA is a JOKE. Biggest waste of an agenc there is, period.

    http://www.Needing-Anon.tk

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