TSA Humiliates Double Amputee Veteran At Security Checkpoint

TSA Humiliates Double Amputee Veteran At Security Checkpoint

August 22, 2016

TSA Humiliates Double Amputee Veteran At Security Checkpoint

The Transportation Security Administration is under fire after humiliating a Marine veteran at a security checkpoint. The security checkpoint was at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and involved 22-year-old Cpl. Toran Gaal.

Gaal was serving in Afghanistan in 2011 when he lost both of his legs.

While Gaal patiently waiting at the security check point, TSA agents forced Gaal to remove both of his prosthetic legs. They then demanded that Gaal attempt to walk at the check point. Individuals traveling with Gaal were horrified by the scene and immediately reported it to Rep. Duncan Hunter.

 Hunter immediately contacted TSA chief John Pistole, demanding an answer as to how an active-duty service member could possibly be subjected to such humiliation.

In a feverish letter that Hunter wrote to Pistole, Hunter says,

"These Marines had an unfortunate experience, which is worthy of your attention and any explanation you can provide..I would like to know the process for screening individuals in this or similar situations."

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One of the injured veterans traveling with Gaal shared that the humiliation and harassment lasted more than 10 minutes.

Gaal was dragged to two different screening stations. Fellow TSA agents sat and watched as Gaal painfully tried to stand.

Although multiple witnesses confirm this account of events, the TSA has another take on the story.

The TSA publically announced,

 "Preliminary review of (closed-circuit television footage) indicates there was no removal of prosthetic limbs".

The agency also made the claim,

"We are doing our best to learn more about this situation".

The TSA also blatantly refuses many aspects of Gaal's story.

Jumping to defend their claim, the TSA made it known that during Gaal's screening two of the agents involved were veterans as well. One was a marine veteran and one had served nearly 20 years in the Air Force.

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3 Responses

Deb
Deb

October 26, 2016

Being from the Phoenix area, I am totally ashamed of the TSA behavior. I am so very sorry that happened to Mr. Gaal. As embarrassed as I am that it happened in my state, I hope this article / his situation goes viral and brings about change. I understand the need for security but there HAS to be a better way!! Thank you sir for your service and sacrifices for our country. You are a Hero, and deserve to be treated as such!!

chris lancaster
chris lancaster

August 23, 2016

WHOEVER WAS IN CHARGE SHOULD BE DROPPED A PAY GRADE OR TWO AND LOSE THEIR POSITION AND HAVE TO WRITE A FORMAL LETTER OF APOLOGY AND TAKE SENSITIVITY TRAINING FOR WHEN DEALING WITH VETS.

Austin
Austin

August 22, 2016

I am so sorry that this happened. I was born with Spinal Bifida and have been in a wheelchair since birth. I had an experience that wasn’t quite this bad but about a year after 9/11 I flew with my mom (I was 10), as part of the check I was made to get out of my wheelchair and on to the carpet floor while the officer looked over every single part of my wheelchair. At the time it didn’t bother me but it really did my mom. Now as I look back I can’t believe that it happened like that and hearing the story above outrages me more than the experience I had. That is such a shame that he almost gave his life for us and he was treated like that.

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