Big Brother/TSA hard at work hassling a 4 year old boy

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

"Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn't allowed to
pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?"

"Unfortunately, it's no joke. This happened to Bob Thomas, a 53-year old
officer in Camden's emergency crime suppression team, who was flying to Orlando
in March with his wife, Leona, and their son, Ryan."

"Ryan was taking his first flight, to Walt Disney World, for his fourth

"The boy is developmentally delayed, one of the effects of being born 16
weeks prematurely. his ankles are malformed and his legs have low muscle tone.
In March he was just starting to walk."

"Leona Thomas walked Ryan through the metal detector. The alarm went off.
The screener told them to take off the boy's braces."

"Ryan's mother offered to walk him through the detector after they removed
the braces, which are custom-made of metal and hardened plastic. No, the
screener replied. The boy had to walk on his own."


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