TSA Holds Wheelchair-Bound Toddler at Security, Takes Her Stuffed Animal

If only we could say we were surprised about the Transportation Security Administration’s newest fumble, which went down at Lambert-St. Louis Airport earlier this month. Security agents allegedly held a three-year-old girl in a wheelchair at security for 20 minutes, took away her stuffed animal “Lamby,” and tried to stop the concerned mom from videotaping the incident.

To their credit, the representatives in the video seemed polite if uninformed. But the footage of the toddler crying for her doll hurts to watch (“I don’t want to go to Disney World!” she belts, through tears), and the situation brings up the bigger issues behind all of these TSA screw-ups: Why can’t the agency get it together? And why does the system have such a blind spot when it comes to travelers with special needs?

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