A 12-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair was left in tears after TSA agents detained her for nearly an hour at a Texas airport after saying they found traces of bomb residue on her hands, her mother claimed today. Shelbi Walser was travelling to Florida with her mother, Tammy Daniels, for treatment for her brittle bone disorder when she was stopped at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. A TSA agent swabbed Shelbi´s hands and she tested positive for explosives. But the wheelchair, which is likely to have transferred any substance to her hands as she pushed it
Sue the pants off these idiots on a power trip! I am so UP TO HERE with the PC-approah at our airports. Learn from the experts: Israel, & get over the fear of profiling, or the airlines will continue to suffer from not enough consumers!
Some people just need to calm down. She tested positive for something, so they have to check it out. I suspect it was the mother´s antics that got the child upset, not the TSA agents. If she had treated it as just another inconvenience, part of air travel in 2012 America, the girl could have just sat there calmly reading a book and waiting it out as the TSA did what they needed to do. This falls into the same category as those travelers who get furious and yell at the ticket agents when their flights are delayed because of the weather.
We are incrementally being taught to submit to government authority without question. When the time comes that we are ordered to board boxcars, we will submit without objection. The People no longer realize that the government is supposed to work for US. We are subjects of the government now.
re #3 -- the article & videos make it clear everyone was cooperating. The security officials at the bare minimum should have let her mother be with her. They should be sued for false arrest & kidnapping of a minor. Period.
I´m sure the girl was feeling some excitement about the trip. Then being taken away from her mother by authority figures had to have been stressful. I really question the separating of mother and daughter here. That may be unlawful.
Ya know, I could almost be with #3 up to a point--except for one thing: [note to self--do not yell!]: The Stupid Buffoons Didn´t Check The Wheelchair! And BTW, #3, exactly what "antics" are you talking about? And BTW 2nd--what did the bomb expert that they waited an hour for do? Some things just get under my skin--and TSA and the sheeplike acquiescence of the public at large is one of them. The TSA´s cookie-cutter mush mouth bureaucrat-ese responses to this kind of thing literally--that´s literally literally, not Joe Biden literally-- add insult to injury.
I am still waiting for the American people to revolt over the TSA tactics and the government who authorizes this Nazi-like behavior of the TSA agents. I am waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, .... Obviously the American people are sheeple not people.
Agree, #10. A child with a serious illness deserves at least some kindness.
#3, yes, just let the powers-that-be do whatever they want to you. Submit even to outrageous impositions on your privacy or freedom. Calm down, don´t make waves. Some day it will happen to you or yours, and you won´t be so sanguine.
#3--I couldn´t disagree more. If the mother got upset--she had every right to! It was her child! What did they expect? A little common sense was in order her. You call a supervisor, the supervisor see it´s a child, asks the mother a few questions (they can be trained to ask questions that detect true criminals) and let them go. TSA is out of control. I don´t even fly any more if I can avoid it.
Aren´t there basic rules in law enforcement about the treatment of detained minors? Aren´t they supposed to have a parent or guardian with them to prevent questionable actions by authorities? Several posters are correct about one thing; we are being behaviourally trained to accept without question whatever the gubmint wants to do with us.
The TSA is full of thugs who prey on the weak. My wheelchair bound Mother was detained, searched and humiliated because they found her Swiss Army knife in her pocket. She rightly told them it was for her own protection from terrorists. Because she would not give it up, they would not allow her to board her aircraft! She missed her flight and the airline would not refund the ticket price! My husband and I had to drive over 600 miles to take her home. TSA and the entire transportation system has been hijacked by communist liberals.
The child had brittle bone disease - if treated roughly she could have bones broken and her body harmed beyond repair. One of many reasons to avoid flying. From what I hear, flying anywhere has taken a big hit. Their employees should be fired and if they were so stupid as to think that that little girl was a danger, I wonder how they walk down a street with other people.
Most of today´s TSA agents were employed as security guards working for private firms at the airports they now staff. By the morning of September 13, 2001,they were federal employees with new uniforms and their pay nearly doubled from the minimum. All in thirty six hours. They later took oaths and were given badges. Maybe that can begin to explain the agency´s ineptness.
The Texas Legislature made a stab at pushing back against some of the most outrageous TSA treatment of travelers, but Joe Straus, whose grinning mug is on the sidebar ads here, thwarted the effort. Texas voters please ask your House Representative to vote against Straus in his bid to remain Speaker.
When he was 27, my great-grandfather, Winston Churchill, made his maiden speech in the House of Commons. Unlike him, I am not a parliamentarian, still less a public figure. But today, on my 27th birthday, I will be among a group of former soldiers petitioning Downing Street for a cause to which I am convinced my great-grandpapa would have lent his most eloquent support. We are asking the Government to offer all Afghan interpreters who have served alongside British troops right of entry to this country--a chance for them not only to start safe new lives, but to preserve the
The Obama administration has issued a ruling that will permit some health insurers to ignore the Affordable Care Act´s limits on out-of-pocket health care costs until 2015, it was revealed today. While one senior administration official defended the move in comments to The New York Times, another told MailOnline that the unexpected policy shift will be ´a complete disaster´ for the president. Some health insurers will now be permitted to ignore the Affordable Care Act´s limits of $6,370 for an individual and $12,700 for a family next year. [Snip] ´Imagine all the cancer patients and AIDS survivors who were sold
The owner of the upscale Swiss boutique where Oprah Winfrey claimed she was barred from buying a $38,000 by a ‘racist’ sales assistant today demanded to speak to the star she branded ´over-sensitive´ and insisted her employee did ‘everything right’. The rather fearsome-looking Trudi Goetz said she wanted to speak with the talk show billionairess ‘as soon as possible’ and also revealed her petrified member of staff will not be sacked or punished. She said: ‘I don´t know why she talked of racism. I am sorry, but perhaps she is being a little over-sensitive here. Maybe she was somewhat
Thousands of stargazers cast their eyes to the heavens last night to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Across the UK people turned into amateur astronomers as they looked out for the ´shooting stars´, a result of material falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. While the Perseid meteor shower is an annual event between mid-July and mid-August, the best views this year were expected to be last night, with as many as 60 meteors an hour visible to the naked eye. Hundreds of people posted photos and comments about their stargazing experiences from across the Northern Hemisphere on Twitter.
Spain are continuing their clampdown on border checks in Gibraltar with motorists left waiting for up to five hours in sweltering temperates to enter the British island today. Travelers from Spain looking to enter the rock were left waiting in scorching conditions of 36C with many parking their cars and walking to avoid queues. The government of Gibraltar are exploring whether they have a legal case against Spain as the delays in such conditions could infringe people´s human rights. The news comes amid growing tensions between Spain and Britain over the border dispute which has led to the Royal Navy
Alfredo Moser is a modern-day Thomas Edison, whose invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had his own light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity--using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. In the last two years his idea has spread throughout the world. [Snip] So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle. "Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the water so it doesn´t turn green [with
It was one of the most daring British exploits of the Second World War, a unique operation, the heroism of which resonates to this day. On the night of March 24, 1944, 76 prisoners, most of them RAF officers, broke out from the Stalag Luft III camp in eastern Germany using a sophisticated network of tunnels and shafts that had been constructed over the previous months. This was the biggest single escape by British servicemen during the war, though it ended in tragedy. All but three of the men were recaptured and on the orders of Adolf Hitler, who was
Ice in Greenland is melting partly because of heat from the Earth´s mantle, according to a team of international researchers. The group claims that they are the first to find a connection between melting of the Greenland ice sheet and the high heat flow from the Earth’s mantle. [Snip] The Greenland ice sheet is often considered an important contributor to future global sea-level rise over the next century or longer. In total, it contains an amount of ice that would lead to a rise of global sea level by more than seven metres, if completely melted. The ice loss
Anthony Weiner has revealed that his wife still has a clear role in Hillary Clinton´s political career but he kept close-lipped about the nature of her job for fear of causing her any further damage. The disgraced former Congressman admitted that his multiple sexting scandals have ´hurt´ his wife Huma Abedin on more than one level, as she has taken a decidedly less-public role in his campaign to become New York City´s next mayor since his latest virtual relationship came to light. ´I feel that what I’ve done has hurt her, yeah. It’s hurt her professionally, it’s hurt her personally
Israel intercepted and destroyed a rocket fired from Egyptian territory at the Red Sea town of Eilat overnight, Israeli public radio said on Tuesday. A group of jihadist fighters said earlier they had fired a Grad rocket on Eilat in retaliation for an alleged Israeli air raid. An army spokeswoman confirmed the attempted rocket attack and its interception by an Iron Dome battery near Eilat to AFP, but did not say where the rocket originated. The Mujahideen Shura Council, an armed al-Qaeda-linked group, said in a statement published on a jihadist forum its fighters fired the rocket at 1:00am
Experts say they believe many of the cases involving acid are linked to Asian communities, with women attacked by their husbands and punished for refusing forced marriages, while men were attacked during disputes over dowries. Latest NHS hospital figures record 144 assaults in 2011/12 involving corrosive substances, which can also include petrol, bleach and kerosene. [Snip] He said: “There is a reluctance among women in the Asian community to come forward; these attacks do not usually come from strangers, but from someone close to them in the community--a husband, a father, or their family.” The figures show that while the
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The sales assistant who refused to show U.S. talkshow billionaire Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly £25,000 claims the superstar lied about what happened in the luxury Swiss boutique where she works. Speaking anonymously to Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick, the Italian bag lady said she felt ´powerless´ and in the grip of a ´cyclone´ after Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism. Winfrey was in Switzerland in July when she walked into the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich looking for a handbag to match the outfit she was going to
In a story that has remained largely under the mainstream media radar, Congress announced late last month that it would finally investigate the Aug. 6, 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that resulted in 38 deaths, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, made famous three months earlier when they killed Osama Bin Laden. Grieving family members insist that soldiers in the elite unit were placed in unnecessary danger by the recklessness of the Obama administration, whose actions they characterized as criminal. “We’re going to dive into this,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT),
LOS ANGELES -- Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland."I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," Winfrey said "I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don't expect that you would be able to be there," she continued.In recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse. Staff has added more text.
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In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training. The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify the decision to ban the clown in question who wore an Obama mask as the rodeo announcer asked if the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull. The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to local media reports. But the state commission went further, saying it will require that before the Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to
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