Disabled Toddler Detained by Screeners, TSA Apologizes - Video

The 3-year-old girl was searched at Missouri’s Lambert – St. Louis International Airport

By Raluca Anghel on February 22nd, 2013 14:32 GMT

A video of a TSA pat-down has circled the web, with screeners detaining a disabled three-year-old and swabbing her wheelchair.

The clip of the incident, posted above, is quite disturbing, with the toddler crying at all times and asking for help from her “mommy.” It appears the agents even refused to return her stuffed animal Lamby to her after it has been scanned, presumably until the investigation was completed.

The incident occurred on February 8 at Missouri’s Lambert – St. Louis International Airport. Annie Schulte of Missouri was traveling with her daughter Lucy to Orlando.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has since apologized for harassing the little girl and her family, ABC reports.

“TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

As the family requests better training for TSA agents, the girl's father makes a valid point, stressing that the girl wouldn't have been in that situation, had she not been in a wheelchair.

“It bothers me that my daughter was singled out, specifically because she is in a wheelchair,” Nathan Forck says.

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