Was autistic teen assaulted by TSA worker?


An assault is defined as “an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.”

Amy Gilmore, the mother of a local autistic teenager is angry after her son received a full body search by TSA agents that she says, went too far.

Last week, 19-year-old Drew, along with his family were headed to Disneyworld on a Make-A-Wish trip, he set off an alarm in the security screening area at Newport News -Williamsburg International Airport.

The titanium rods implanted in his spine set off the alarm.

Though Gilmore tried to explain her son’s medical condition and even presented the TSA agents with a card which explained the position of the rods, the workers still subjected the disabled teen to an invasive body search.

Gilmore told WVEC 13NEWS: “We had to hold his arms out. He went down with the back of his hands through his bottom around to the front and up through his groin area.”

*Reporter’s note: It is difficult for anyone to understand the need for or even the legality of such offensive contact, let alone for someone with autism.

Imagine this disabled young man’s fear as he was being groped by a stranger with his parents looking on.

How much longer will the flying public tolerate government-sanctioned assaults on their children?


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