The latest to make the headlines was TSA's handling of Drew Mandy, a 29 year old developmentally disabled citizen on his way with his family to visit Disneyland.
"I realize they're trying to keep people safe, but come on, does he look like a terrorist?" said Dr. David Mandy.No, Dr. Mandy, and of course they recognize that. But there's no sense in complicating matters. The TSA is not interested in terrorists, per se. They're not really interested in security. Their interest lies with security procedures and exerting their authority.
The family was going through security when two TSA agents singled Drew Mandy out for a special pat down. Drew is severely mentally disabled. He's 29, but his parents said he has the mental capacity of a two-year-old, which made the experience that followed at metro Detroit's McNamera Terminal that much harder to deal with.Well, that's a pretty safe bet...
"You have got to be kidding me. I honestly felt that those two agents did not know what they were doing," Mandy told us.
Dr. Mandy claimed they asked Drew to place his feet on the yellow shoe line, something he didn't understand. They proceeded to pat his pants down, questioning the padding which was his adult diapers. When the agents asked Drew to take his hand and rub the front and back of his pants so they could swab it for explosives, his dad stepped in and tried to explain that Drew was mentally challenged.Wow.
"They said, 'Please, sir, we know what we're doing,'" Mandy said.
The TSA agents saw Drew holding a six-inch plastic hammer.Oh no...
"My son carries his ball and his hammer for security. He goes everywhere with (them)," said Mandy. The TSA, it seems, saw the toy as a weapon.Of course they did.
Dr. Mandy explained:So could your head, a**hole.
"He took the hammer and he tapped the wall.
'See, it's hard. It could be used as a weapon,'"
"So, Drew's also holding the ball, and I said, 'Well, how about the ball?' He (said), 'Oh, he can keep that.'Oh, dear....
Dr. Mandy was told he would need to have the toy shipped if he wanted to keep it, a process which caused them to almost miss their plane, so he pitched it.Incredible.
"It just killed me to have to throw it away because he's been carrying this like for 20 years," Mandy said.
We also spoke to a federal security director who said this incident is still under investigation, but as far as they can tell right now, better judgment was needed.Yeah.