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TSA Searches Little Boy In Wheelchair

March 20, 2012 by staff 

TSA Searches Little Boy In Wheelchair, A three-year-old child in a wheelchair was subjected to a thorough examination by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent at a Chicago airport, according to a video shot by the boy’s father.

The incident occurred in the spring of 2010, Matt Dubiel told FOX News Radio. He said it took place at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, but the TSA later said in a statement that it was Midway Airport.

The family members were on their way to Disney World when they were stopped at a security checkpoint.

The video footage shows the little boy sitting in a wheelchair with a cast on his leg. Dubiel said he was not allowed to touch or come near his son during the search; however, he did videotape most of it.

“My little boy wanted me to come over to hold his hand and give him a hug,” Dubiel wrote in commentary embedded in the video. “He was trembling with fear. Instead, we had to pretend this was ‘ok’ so he didn’t panic.”

Dubiel can be heard reassuring his son through the ordeal, which lasted more than three minutes. At one point, the agent swabbed the wheelchair, the child’s cast and his hands, and even made the boy lift up his shirt.

“I was livid at this point,” his father wrote. “I’m asking myself, ‘Why the [expletive] isn’t someone with a brain coming over to wave him through?’ Someone in a position of authority needs to make the obvious decision this child is not a threat — right? You are swabbing a three-year-old’s hands for explosives? Seriously?”

Dubiel posted the video to YouTube over the weekend. It has since gone viral, with more than 81,000 views and 2,100 comments.

“I didn’t think I had the footage,” Dubiel said. “They didn’t want me to record it with our regular camera. They made me put the cameras away but they allowed me to maintain with my iPhone.”

Dubiel said he decided to post the video after he rediscovered the footage over the weekend.

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