A Detroit father said agents with theÂ Transportation Security Administration singled out his special-needs son for a pat-down while the family was headed to Disney World,MyFoxDetroit.com reported, an incident that the TSA admitted was a â€œcase of bad judgment.â€
David Mandy said agents at Detroit Metro Airport took his son Drew, 29, and asked him about the padding underneath his pants, which turned out to be adult diapers. Drew, who is severely mentally disabled, had trouble understanding the agentsâ€™ orders because his family said he has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.
When the father tried to intervene and explain Drewâ€™s disability, he said the two agents said, â€œPlease, sir, we know what weâ€™re doing.â€
The agents confiscated a six-inch plastic hammer, something Drew had carried with him for 20 years for comfort. Agents called it a security threat, his father said, adding that they tapped the wall with it and said, â€œSee, itâ€™s hard. It could be used as a weapon.â€
The family was told theyâ€™d have to ship the hammer if they wanted to keep it, David Mandy said.
â€œI understand theyâ€™re trying to keep people safe,â€ Mandy said told MyFoxDetroit.com. â€œBut come on, does he look like a terrorist?â€
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