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TSA takes toy away from mentally challenged man
The Examiner ^ | June 10, 2011 | Howard Portnoy

Posted on 06/17/2011 11:50:13 AM PDT by Arec Barrwin

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TSA takes toy away from mentally challenged man

By Howard Portnoy, Libertarian Examiner June 10, 2011 10:43 am ET

We can all sleep easier tonight knowing that Drew Mandy’s plastic toy hammer is in the trash rather than terrorizing passengers and crew on the plane he and his parents boarded for Walt Disney World.

If you’re looking for someone to thank for depriving a mentally challenged 29-year-old of his much-beloved security blanket, look no further than the Transportation and Security Administration.

Members of this feckless bunch sprung into action at Detroit Metro Airport when they first laid eyes on Mandy, whose parents say has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. They singled him out for a special pat-down, which makes perverse sense of a sort: Special pat-downs for people with special needs.

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KEYWORDS: airlinesecurity; dtw; toyguns; tsa; tsapervs

1 posted on 06/17/2011 11:50:17 AM PDT by Arec Barrwin
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To: Arec Barrwin
TSA="Gestappo"


SIEG HEIL


2 posted on 06/17/2011 11:52:14 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Arec Barrwin

Will someone in congress with a shred of decency left to their name PLEASE end this stupidity once and for all?

This is beyond evil. Anyone who has ever been around the mentally retarded knows that a toy like that can be their entire world.


3 posted on 06/17/2011 11:54:50 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Arec Barrwin
Poor (challenged) guy had a typical encounter with the TRUE retards from the TSA.

DHS is a punishment from God.

4 posted on 06/17/2011 11:56:00 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Norm Lenhart
"This is beyond evil. Anyone who has ever been around the mentally retarded knows that a toy like that can be their entire world."

It sounds to me like the mentally retarded ones are those that took the hammer.

5 posted on 06/17/2011 11:56:33 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Feel Safe - Your TSA Is On The Job

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6 posted on 06/17/2011 11:57:03 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You can't spend your way into prosperity or borrow your way out of debt.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yup. And what threat to national security requires the TSA to search an obviously mentally retarded man?

Unfreakingreal.


7 posted on 06/17/2011 11:58:14 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Arec Barrwin

The TSA should know that the terrorists would never place a bomb on a mentally challenged person.


8 posted on 06/17/2011 11:58:24 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: SkyDancer

that is truly disgusting. I dont recognize my own country anymore.


9 posted on 06/17/2011 11:59:41 AM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: SkyDancer
Elitism and common sense. To much of one and not enough of the other.
10 posted on 06/17/2011 12:02:17 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: Arec Barrwin

TSA Detroit Metro Airport...making this Michigan man proud!

Sheesh. I wish someone would plastic hammer the f#$% out of the genius who made the call on this one.


11 posted on 06/17/2011 12:04:59 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: Arec Barrwin

I fly through Detroit Metro pretty much every time I travel. In fairness, I don’t recall ever feeling mistreated by TSA there (other than the general inconvenience of the whole process). Maybe I’ve just been lucky.


13 posted on 06/17/2011 12:09:12 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: Arec Barrwin
New head of the TSA?


14 posted on 06/17/2011 12:10:21 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Arec Barrwin

The TSA Agents were just jealous that the toy belonged to someone else. If they could not have it, no one could have it.


15 posted on 06/17/2011 12:11:54 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: trumandogz

Surely even the TSA could verify that the plastic hammer was not going to explode.


16 posted on 06/17/2011 12:12:59 PM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: Tax-chick

The search was justified.

The confiscation was dumb.


17 posted on 06/17/2011 12:15:03 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Norm Lenhart

Exactly, this is disgusting, and beyond stupid. My daughter is about 5 years old mentally. This would be highly upsetting to her and trying to explain why someone would do this would be near impossible for her to understand. My daughter loves rubbery things, the texture and feel of it. Like balloons and such. Once when she was getting her blood drawn she wanted to keep that rubber band they put on your arm. The tech wanted it back, he was young and learned a very hard lesson that day. They played tug of war for a few seconds and he said, let go, she did and he got snapped right in the face. One can only dream that would happen to one of those TSA agents trying to pull something like that on her ;)


18 posted on 06/17/2011 12:15:59 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: SkyDancer

LOL...I look at that pic and the first thought that dawns on me is that their combined weight exceeds their combined IQ by an order of hundreds.


19 posted on 06/17/2011 12:16:43 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

He’s breaking his own law.


20 posted on 06/17/2011 12:17:32 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: MsLady
"One can only dream that would happen to one of those TSA agents trying to pull something like that on her ;)"

You daughter would have been tased and incarcerated.

21 posted on 06/17/2011 12:17:50 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: trumandogz

I’d say the search was “within the realm of justifiable,” based on known terrorist behavior.

That’s pretending the search occured in a vacuum, not in the context of an agency whose head doesn’t believe young men from Yemen are more likely to commit terrorist acts than old ladies from Omaha.


22 posted on 06/17/2011 12:19:07 PM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: trumandogz
"The search was justified...The confiscation was dumb."

I'm not inclined to let it go at just 'dumb.' It was at best an overt act of dominance, at worst a sadistic act of cruelty. In either case, it's more 'evil' than merely 'dumb.'

23 posted on 06/17/2011 12:21:04 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: FrankR

Love the photo and especially the text.
LOL at TSA Gropenmeister.


24 posted on 06/17/2011 12:22:15 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (In 2012 get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: Soothesayer9

Me either, this is straight out of one of my nightmares. Makes absolutely no sense and is mindless evil.


25 posted on 06/17/2011 12:25:01 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Arec Barrwin
I hate the PC term "Mentally Challenged." When I was in College, I was mentally challenged for 4 years. I graduated with honors...
26 posted on 06/17/2011 12:25:01 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Arec Barrwin
In case you’re feeling bad about Drew's losing his hammer, the story has a happy footnote. Drew's mother, having evidently learned long ago how to suffer fools, had a second hammer secreted in her backpack. It passed through the airport's eagle-eyed security without a hitch.

The sole purpose of TSA is to give Eric Holder's people the ability to screw with people who aren't Eric Holder's people.

27 posted on 06/17/2011 12:27:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: MsLady

I worked at a state mental hospital back in the late 80s for a couple years as a therapy aide with the more aggressive and violent retarded patients (refered to then as ‘clients’) We had one client that had a ball. When new people went on the unit they were told in no uncertain terms “Do not touch it” unless he wants to play catch.
And to put it mildly, you go NOT want an otherwise calm and peaceful 22 year old person of limited mental capacity freaking out simply because some TSA moron decided to be a smart ass.

Even the non-violent who are attached to an item like that can go off when it gets taken away. Doing so by a total stranger, is among the most evil things I can think of. I have zero tolerance for idiots like that.


28 posted on 06/17/2011 12:28:01 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Soothesayer9

TSA has done more to wake up the general public to the state of police powers and civil liberties and rights in this country than anything else I can name.


29 posted on 06/17/2011 12:28:24 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: AAABEST
I wonder hw many Muzzies are on the DHS payroll at DTW? I had a long layover in DTW once and sought out their "Religious Reflections Room" as a handy place to find a comfortable chair and catch a little shut-eye.

When I found the room, it was devoid of all religious symbols except an arrow npointing to Makkah, but I settled in a chairb and caught a few zzzzz's anyway.

I was awakened by a number of TSA agents walking into the room, all in uniorm, all bowing in the direction of the arrow. Of course, I pretended to remain asleep while they did their thing.

But I've got to wonder how many more ROPers are working there.

30 posted on 06/17/2011 12:28:40 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Your probably right. Our government has hired what appears to be a bunch of mindless idiots to run the TSA.


31 posted on 06/17/2011 12:36:09 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: FrankR

TSA anthem:

http://www.worldmilitaria.com/newsite/Media/HorstWesselLied.mp3


32 posted on 06/17/2011 12:37:45 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Me too!!! I know my daughter can be a handful if she doesn’t understand a situation. As they grow older and larger they are harder to handle. She’s not violent but, can become very agitated and do some things that could harm herself or others. She wouldn’t mean to hurt anyone, just her flailing around could cause someone to get hurt.


33 posted on 06/17/2011 12:39:58 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: All

Everyday I ask myself....what is going on in the world we live in and where the hell did common sense go????


34 posted on 06/17/2011 12:42:39 PM PDT by txHolly
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To: Joe 6-pack

Are you under the impression that terrorists woils never strap a bomb to a person that was mentally challenged?

And can you guarantee that for my wife and children who may board an airplane?


35 posted on 06/17/2011 12:47:44 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Arec Barrwin

The TSA must be operating under a directive of absolutely “No discretion, no exceptions.”

They owe the American public alot of explanations about why they do the sometimes non-sensical things they do..

BTW, I won’t fly unless it would absolutely life or death in nature. I understand the need for security, (which FWIW, would not be so invasive if muslims were not in the US) but I really don’t want to be patted down.


36 posted on 06/17/2011 12:51:35 PM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: trumandogz
I'm assuming you read what I wrote in the post you responded to. If you'd take a little more time to actually understand it, you'll note that I was commenting on 'dumb'; the word you used to characterize the confiscation itself. I did not take issue with your assertion that the search was justified.

Have you applied for a position with the TSA? You may be more qualified than you think!

37 posted on 06/17/2011 12:57:10 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SkyDancer

Love this photo!


38 posted on 06/17/2011 1:03:53 PM PDT by fujimoh
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To: Joe 6-pack

I fly a great deal and am no fan of the TSA.

However, it is not the fault of the TSA agents at the gate, but rather the fault of the federal government who established the TSA as Security Theatre which is no more than a jobs program.

It is the TSA administrators that establish the standards of what will be confiscated.

It is the TSA administrators who schedule an overabundance of TSA agents which very often outnumber the travelers going through security.

Abolish the TSA, let the TSA administrators and agents find real jobs and let me get through an airport in 15 minutes and I will take my chances.


39 posted on 06/17/2011 1:12:17 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz
"...it is not the fault of the TSA agents at the gate, but rather the fault of the federal government who established the TSA as Security Theatre which is no more than a jobs program...It is the TSA administrators that establish the standards of what will be confiscated."

Actually the whole thing is rotten from top to bottom. I doubt there is any specific prohibition for 'plastic toy hammers.' If that's the case, the gate agents are empowered with at least a little discretion, which in this case, they demonstrated they are wholly incapable of exercising with any wisdom, decency or professionalism.

If in fact, there actually is an itemized prohibition against, 'toy plastic hammers,' and our policy makers and bureacrats have intruded to that level in defining our lives and our property rights, then this nation is truly beyond any hope.

40 posted on 06/17/2011 1:21:22 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: trumandogz

I’m sure there was C-4 hidden in the plastic hammer. Bravo Zulu TSA!!!


41 posted on 06/17/2011 1:56:34 PM PDT by jjm2111
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To: Joe 6-pack

trumandogz is NOT only a police state lackey, he also is a big supporter of illegal aliens. Trying to reason with the boy in this story would be easier.


42 posted on 06/17/2011 3:08:29 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

“Will someone in congress with a shred of decency left to their name PLEASE end this stupidity once and for all?”

Most are part of the conclusion—endorse the compliance training. All part of your coup d’tat. The saddest thing is—we permit it.


43 posted on 06/23/2011 11:19:53 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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