In Los Angeles last week, Sherry Wright was traveling with her disabled, wheelchair-bound sister Heidi when they approached the checkpoint at LAX. Heidi had a stroke 10 years ago and can no longer speak. When Sherry presented their ID documentation — perfectly valid IDs, as indicated on the TSA’s own website — the nitwit in blue balked. First he demanded that the mute Heidi speak, even after being told she couldn’t; then he denied passage to the women, claiming that Heidi’s expired driver’s license wasn’t valid ID.
Because, don’tchya know, when Heidi had her stroke and could — duh — no longer drive, she magically morphed into a different person.
“I showed her ID, her social and her DMV papers,” said Sherry.
Sherry said the agent was extremely rude.
“I was shocked. I was just standing there, tears were coming out and I was like, ‘Are you serious? We can’t get her to talk.'”
The family is frustrated because an older sister waiting to begin caring for Heidi in Arizona said she had called the TSA beforehand to find out what was needed.
TSA propagandist Nico Melendez, about whom we’ve written before, is, of course, all over this. Melendez is a liar and a criminal, just like his boss, Molester-in-Chief John Pistole, and the entire cadre of goons in the TSA. Here’s what he had to say:
“It probably could have been handled differently by the family.”
“It probably could have been handled differently by the family”??
How, pray tell, Nico, could the family have handled it differently?? Perhaps by getting down on their knees and kissing the ass of the TSA moron in charge? Oh, that’s right, they couldn’t — one of the women has had a stroke — she can’t get out of her wheelchair to get down on her knees to kiss anyone’s ass.
Lest you think I take the charming Nico’s quote out of context, here’s the whole thing:
“I think it could have been handled differently by the TSA and it probably could have been handled differently by the family, and hopefully moving forward the family won’t have this problem again, because they know about the programs that we have in place.”
In other words, it’s not our fault, we admit no wrongdoing, we don’t owe anybody an apology, we’re always right, you’re the stupid traveler, it’s always your fault, and in the end it doesn’t matter anyway: we do what we want, when we want, how we want, to whomever we want, for whatever reason we want, and you peons just keep sucking it up.
Since the Wright sisters were harassed and illegally denied their right to fly, they had to take an 8-hour bus ride to their destination.
Read the comments at the linked article for yet another glimpse of your fellow Americans. They’re certain that the country is overrun with mute, ID-concealing, wheelchair-bound terrorists just waiting to blow up a plane.
Keep defending the TSA, those of you who do. I can’t wait till you get a personal, hearty taste of the TSA’s medicine. Here’s a sample of what you have to look forward to.
(Photo: Erik S. Lesser/AP)