On February 9th, TSA agents at the St. Louis airport detained Lucy Forck as she and her family were boarding a flight for Orlando, FL. Lucy has spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair. Lucy, and her parents, Nathan and Annie Forck, along with her two siblings, cleared the TSA checkpoint without incident. However, as they were at the gate ready to board, a TSA agent pulled Lucy aside for additional screening measures. They wanted to pat her down. According to Nathan Forck, the TSA agents told him they were singling her out for this additional screening because she’s in a wheelchair. They said they are specifically targeting disabled people for this special scrutiny.
I’m sure everyone can remember a YouTube video of police brutality or an invasive TSA pat-down that made them cringe. Imagine all of the encounters that never make it to the internet. Those moments are only made public because of someone exercises their First Amendment right.