TSA Detains Wheelchair-Bound 12-Year-Old
TSA officers say her hands tested positive for bomb residue
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2012 8:57 AM CST
A screenshot from Fox 4's report.   (Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth)

(Newser) – TSA officers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport detained a sick, wheelchair-bound 12-year-old for nearly an hour on Sunday, saying her hands had tested positive for bomb residue. It was something of a shock for Shelbi Walser, who has made the Dallas-to-Florida flight many times to get treatment for her genetic bone disease. "It was frightening. I kinda got mad," she tells Fox 4.

Officers wouldn't let Shelbi's mother, Tammy Daniels, get close to the girl even as she started crying, so Daniels took out her cellphone and started recording the incident. "You would think they would test her wheelchair, but they did nothing," she says. Bomb specialists arrived, but still there was nothing but hurried chatter, until finally they released Shelbi without explanation or apology. "I don't know what to learn from this one," Daniels says. "They need to go back to the drawing board."

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Feb 2, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Al-Qaeda laughs at the embarrassing behavior and the lengths the U. S. goes to in order to "protect" its own people now. Not only are we screened in airports to where the TSA members have laughed at our nude barefoot images but now we detain disabled children. Has this made us safer, have we prevented other hijackings? We have lost our dignity in the process.
Jan 9, 2013 11:36 AM CST
No manners, no regard for dignity, no brains. And no evidence whatsoever that we have caught one, single, genuine terrorist from all of this garbage.
Dec 17, 2012 5:58 PM CST
I know I feel safer now?