A mother of a 12-year old disabled girl has accused high handed behavior by the US Transportation Security Administration after her daughter's wheelchair was checked for explosives.
Shelbi Walser and her mother, Tammy Daniels, were traveling to Tampa, Florida, for the treatment of brittle bone disease for the 12-year old.
AdvertisementHowever security personnel at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport detected the presence of explosive residue on her hands though Shelbi said that it could have come from fertilizers as they have chicken in their home.
TSA spokesman confirmed the incident and said that they regretted it, but added that they had to be thorough as they could not afford to take any chances. "We regret that the experience of this young lady was not a positive one as we always strive to screen passengers with dignity and respect while ensuring the safety of all travelers. Everything TSA does is designed to protect against another terrorist attack. In all likelihood, this traveler would have presented no risk, yet we could take no chances. She alarmed for explosive residue and TSA took the necessary steps to resolve the alarm", the spokesman said.