It is said the TSA is supposed to protect us from terrorists; or that's the propaganda anyway. However, I cannot find it in my heart to have faith in them doing their job after what happened to my cousin as she was traveling. This preempted all the spiffy technology of today, and in the pre-9-11 ancient technology, there was only the conveyor belt with the x-ray.
Due to a knee surgery, my cousin was traveling with her leg in a brace. She's limping along with crutches and her knee brace prominently visible. She figured someone would just wave a wand over her body since taking the brace off and trying to walk without evil metal crutches wasn't going to be feasible. She also figured that some iota of understanding would be in place if she wore her assistance out in the open.
I mean, obviously a terrorist isn't going to strut around in the open with a bomb strapped to their leg, would they?
Apparently knee brace plus stupid equals terrorism. *sigh*
Now, my cousin's hubby is damn near seven feet tall, and very protective of his wife. So when one TSA man flips his shit, things got very exciting, very quickly. Now imagine the scene of a TSA officer trying to tackle my half-crippled cousin to the floor. Said TSA Officer gets picked up, basically by the scuff of his neck, by hubby; who doesn't want his wife to be injured so soon after surgery. TSA officer is trying to rip the brace off my cousin's leg, screaming that she "has a device on her leg" into his radio and to the entire airport in general.
Many fellow travelers were yelling, "For God's sake it's a leg brace you stupid twit!"
One intelligent fellow traveler sank her nails into the TSA officer's hand to make him let go of the brace (he was sporting bleeding wounds afterward). Another gentleman caught my cousin when she staggered when the agent let go.
Her hubby pinned the TSA officer against the wall until two more burly looking guys took the nutjob away, and everybody and their best friend on staff babbled half hysterical, "We're so sorry, he's going to be terminated immediately please don't sue us," apologies.
When all was said and done, my cousin was all right, just a bit shaken up. Fortunately, my cousin and her hubby made it to their gate without further incident.
May all security staff know how to conduct themselves, even in what seems to be an emergency,