Published March 21, 2013
A California lawmaker is slamming the TSA after he says they humiliated a Marine who lost his legs to an explosive device, but the agency says security footage proves the claims are false.
MyFoxPhoenix.com reports Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says in a letter to the TSA that the security screening the unnamed Marine was forced to undergo at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport was excessive.
Hunter claims the Marine was traveling to a spring training game when he underwent the security screening. The Marine, who lost his legs in an IED explosion but is still on active duty, was reportedly forced to remove his prosthetic legs and stand so agents could check his wheelchair for explosives.
Hunters says the Marine was told he must walk to a different screening area, despite being physically unable to do so.
"While I recognize the necessity to appropriately screen passengers, I am concerned by the apparent lack of situational awareness and respect among TSA officers... specifically when it comes to the treatment of war wounded," Hunter said according to MyFoxPhoenix.com.
However, the TSA said in a statement Hunter's version of the events is false.
"No prosthetic was removed," a spokesperson tells MyFoxPhoenix.com after reviewing video footage from the airport. "Screening was complete in less than 8 minutes and carried out by two military veterans."
The spokesperson says they are also working to make the screening process smoother for wounded veterans.