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."
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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