Chille was born with a rare heart condition that requires him to wear a pacemaker. The tiny medical implant literally keeps him alive, but it means that he can't go through the scanning equipment at airport security checkpoints. Instead, he has to ask for the alternative pat-down screening.
His family told KMSP in Minneapolis,
where they live, that they asked for an alternative screening and
presented paperwork detailing Chille's medical condition. When they did,
TSA agents said they needed a special exemption they did not have,
according to Ali Bergstrom, Chille's mother.
That's when things really got out of control. The Bergstroms say they
were escorted into a private room with armed police officers and TSA
supervisors surrounding them while Chille was subjected to what Ali
called a lengthy and demeaning search.
Etc. ad Bullshit. The kind of idiocy we've come to expect from these idiots, including making the family miss their flight.
And get this:
This isn't the first time Phoenix Sky Harbor has been the scene of TSA hijinks. In May, after a machine that scans checked bags for bombs broke down, agents moved some 3,000 pieces of luggage into the airport's parking lot before eventually putting them on planes to other airports to be scanned.
After that debacle, dozens of agents from Phoenix were reassigned to other airports because that's what passes for accountability inside the TSA.
More importantly, that incident caused city and airport officials to discuss booting the TSA out of Sky Harbor. Sal Diciccio, a Phoenix city councilman, says "the long wait lines, people missing flights, lost luggage and hours of waiting in line are not acceptable." Changing to private security would solve some of those problems and would improve customer service, he argues.
Get rid of the bastards. If they're this incompetent and arrogant, they should be unemployed. If the TSA actually gave a rats ass about the job, they'd have been fired already.