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Dina Frank, 7, has cerebral palsy and needs leg braces and crutches to walk. So she couldn't go through the metal detector when her family tried to fly out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Instead, Transportation Security Administration agents searched her. Her parents say they warned agents that Dina is also developmentally disabled and frightened by the procedure but the agents still handled her aggressively. After searching Dina and allowing the family through security, a supervisor later told them that agents hadn't followed proper procedure and forced the girl to be searched again, making the family miss their flight.

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  1. At least they didn’t steal her candy.

    Also, I hope the family learned their lesson. If you can’t figure out a way to euthanize it, at least keep that monstrosity locked up in your house.

    1. You’re a despicable excuse for a human being.

      1. Meh, making fun of cripples is a victimless crime. Like punching a blind guy.

    2. And a giant fuck you to your sir.

  2. Thanks for strangling my hopes for a rage free Wednesday in the cradle.

  3. Once again, I must say that I do not fly or even set foot in an airport. How people keep from beating the crap out of TSA agents that do this sort of thing is a mystery to me.

    1. You have either business travelers who don’t really have much of a choice unless they want to quit their jobs during a recession. Or you have people using their vacation or holidays and savings to get away or see family and they don’t want to miss that rare opportunity or lose their money. You want to see change, raise a million dollars, go to a poor black neighborhood and give away a free flight, hotel, and meals to a thousand people on a weekend with the caveat that they can’t sell them. By the following Monday morning the TSA rules will be changed.

  4. People who aren’t normal shouldn’t be allowed to fly anyway. Fuckers should learn to blend into the one size fits all procedures developed to ease effortlessly between you and the travel services you purchased.

  5. Question: what fraction of US citizens have never or never will take a commercial flight? I’ve realized recently that there are a surprising number of people in this country who have never been more than 100 miles from their home.

    If the fraction of non-air travelers is high enough, it could help explain the sense of apathy in this country regarding the TSA.

    1. That’s a great observation.

      Question: what fraction of US citizens subscribe to the “It’s for everyone’s safety, so it’s OK” philosophy?

        1. oops, I meant ~99/100.


  6. I would add to that the number of “one-time” travellers. I fly to a lot of 3rd world countries, and the flights are full of people who are on the first and only (well round trip, but still) flight they will ever take (back to the home country for good or for a significant family event, usually a funeral/wake kind of thing). I mean if it’s your first/only time on a plane you kind of take it for granted, and don’t even usually know what’s happening to you at the Security station. Much less make the connection that it’s a government program and not a commercial program or anything.

    1. Good point. In principle it should not be a matter of difficulty but of the right to travel freely. In practice, thos who do it infrequently have little incentive to complain. In contrast, frequent flyers have deadlines and don’t often want to rock the boat, risking getting on some list or missing their flights.

      I would hope that if it got to the point that TSA gad checkpoints for private motorists people would stand up, but the checkpoints that already exist for DUI don’t give me a warm fuzzy based on people’s acquiescence to them.

      1. How exactly do you stand up to a bunch of guys with guns who can kill you without consequence since they are the ones who dole out consequences?

  7. I haven’t flown since 2000 and probably won’t fly again because if some TSA agent groped my daughter I’d end up in prison for punting the person’s head.

  8. Does anyone else think that TSA watches waaaaay too many movies?

    I’m pretty sure you can tell by looking at a real retard and/or cripple close enough that she’s not Kevin Spacey or anything.

  9. My favorite is the supervisor who said “Yer doin’ it wrong”, and searched her again.

    Procedures, they were followed.

    1. Yes, for a brief second I thought they would get an apology and maybe the agents would even be punished, then the second nut punch happened.

  10. That certainly makes a lot of sene dude. Wow.

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