I’m a traveling, wheeling mom that has worked at an airport, so I feel like I am perfectly poised to submit my opinion on the video of Lucy Forck.
Last week, video clips of three year-old Lucy played all over TV. Lucy, who uses a wheelchair because of spina bifida, was asked to undergo additional screening by TSA at an airport. Clearly upset, her mother asked that the pat down be recorded and TSA wasn’t happy about it.
Besides the fact the George Stephanopolous said “confined to wheelchair” (which I despise), so many things about this could’ve been done differently:
- If you use a wheelchair, prepare for the pat down. Haven’t you watched any movies? Mules smuggle all kinds of drugs and stuff in wheelchair cushions because of the very implication by many people: “Don’t trouble the poor person in the wheelchair.” **tiny violin playing** Get over it. Wear some stretchy clothes, shoes without laces, and ask for a private screening if you’re shy or uncomfortable about your medical condition.
- Kids aren’t exempt from screenings. Just like premise #1, kids are used as mules, too. It’s your job as a parent to inform them of the rules. Is it okay for a hungry kid to eat food in a supermarket without paying for it? No, because it is against the rules. It’s up to you to educate and reiterate what the rules are before traveling.
- You do not get your belongings back until you’ve been cleared. Don’t get mad because the stuffed animal isn’t returned to your child immediately after it’s been x-rayed. Don’t get me wrong: I love Doc McStuffins too, but Lambie had to wait to reunite with Lucy after she was fully cleared.
- You cannot record at a TSA checkpoint! Remember the lyric, “You talk too much. You never shut up?” Our society publishes waaaaay too much that can easily get into the wrong hands. Everybody wants their video to go viral, but for the sake of terrorists learning the intricacies of our screening process!? Come on, son!
I’m glad Lucy and her family made it Disney World, but next time Mom, wait until you reach Florida before you take a trip into fantasyland. Traveling parameters changed a long time ago post 9/11 — and for me — I’m grateful for the inconveniences if they help keep me safe in the skies!