A wheelchair-bound toddler’s trip to Disney World started with tears when Transportation Security Administration officers took away her stuffed animal and pulled her aside to perform an extra security check.
Lucy Forck, of Osage Beach, Mo., was so upset by the situation that she uttered words only the most distraught 3-year-old would say.
“I don’t want to go to Disney World,” Lucy cried, shaking her head.
Parents Nathan and Annie Forck were outraged at the way airport officials handled screening Lucy. When Annie started recording her family’s Feb. 9 encounter with the TSA, officials at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport told her that taping TSA procedures was illegal. But Forck refused to put her phone down, later editing and uploading the incident to YouTube.
“It was the first time we traveled anywhere together as a family,” Nathan Forck told the Daily News. “I guess everyone else takes the TSA’s scrutiny for granted, but we wanted to speak up and say that it doesn’t have to be like this.”
The Forcks were heading to Orlando for a family vacation, bringing along three of their four children. Nathan says Lucy was very excited to meet Mickey Mouse. His daughter has spinabifida, a condition that confines her to her hot pink wheelchair. It was Lucy’s first time traveling through an airport, so she was holding onto Lambie, her squeezable stuffed animal.
As soon as Lucy passed through the TSA scanner, an agent pulled her aside.
“They said they needed to pat her down,” Nathan said. “They wouldn’t give her Lambie.”