TSA’s kinda-sorta apology to 3-year-old girl in wheelchair: par for the course

Lucy Forcke and TSA
In time-honored fashion, the TSA, once again, offers a weak, responsibility-avoiding apology to 3-year-old Lucy Forck and her parents Nathan Forck and Annie Schulte.

It took a while, but the national media finally picked up on the story we reported here three days ago about the TSA harassing the family after they had already successfully cleared the checkpoint.

The TSA screeners on duty admitted they had specifically targeted the little girl in a wheelchair. Yet despite this admission, TSA management not only kept mum for three days, but the statement they have now offered goes like this:

“TSA regrets inaccurate guidance was provided to this family during screening and offers its apology.”

I don’t know about you, but that strikes me as pretty thin gruel. Although I suppose it’s a smidgen better than what they offered Shelbi Walser, another girl in a wheelchair, and her family when they harassed and detained them in December 2012. Or how about 3-year-old wheelchair-bound Rocco Dubiel — see how this trusty TSA agent is patting his body all over while the little boy is crying? I don’t recall any apology being offered for that one. Or Isabella Brademeyer and her family, to whom they never apologized; on the contrary, they defended screaming at a four-year-old girl who had committed the unpardonable sin of hugging her grandmother, then they surrounded her, threatened that they would shut down the entire airport, and even tried to get the girl in a room alone for a “pat-down.”

Perhaps the TSA needs a lesson — again — in how to make an apology. Wendy Thomson of Freedom to Travel USA has already tried to teach them. Tell me — does the TSA’s statement about the Forck family convince you that the TSA is sorry? And that their employees’ indefensible actions, which have already happened thousands of times, won’t happen again?

Do you remember how many times in the past three years we’ve been told by TSA Administrator John Pistole that children won’t be singled out? Yeah, neither do I. Because he’s said it so many times and it’s turned out to be a lie so many times I’ve lost track. I bet Bill Fisher will remember. Bill, please leave the info in the comments.

(Update: Here’s the post where Bill Fisher enumerated the times Pistole claimed children wouldn’t be abused by pat-down procedures; this claim had already been made three different times as of that post, written January 1, 2012. Since then, the TSA has made the claim yet a fourth time, with the usual accompanying PR blitz.)

Then again, maybe it’s not the TSA’s fault after all. I mean, come on, does this little girl think she’s special? Why shouldn’t she be pulled aside, separated from her parents, surrounded by blue-gloved goons, and made to cry? How else to teach the young’un who’s boss? How else to train her in obedience to authority figures for the rest of her life?

I’m sure her parents were exaggerating anyway. You know parents — always looking for a fight. Especially when they’re on their way to Disneyworld. Why would they wanna get there easily and efficiently? No, they’d much rather put up a fight at the airport and take pictures of it so they can embarrass those poor TSA agents, who are just trying to do their jobs.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at Philip Weber’s exhaustive essay explaining how it’s not the TSA’s fault, it’s our fault.

What’s wrong with you people that you actually expect your civil liberties to be respected? Don’t you know The World Has Changed? Don’t you know The Terrorists Are Everywhere? Don’t you know that Terrorists Have Planted Bombs On Little Girls In Wheelchairs? Don’t you know that Booby Bombs And Butt Bombs Are An Emerging Threat?

Don’t you get it? We’re at war, people! You need to sacrifice!

Remember what Jesus said: “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Aren’t you willing to do your part? Aren’t you willing to suffer your little children to come unto the TSA, whose minions put their lives on the line for us every day?

You ungrateful wretches.

(Photo: Annie Schulte via YouTube)