TSA Admits ‘Bad Judgment’ After Disabled Man Subjected to Airport Pat-Down


tsa-swabbingA Detroit father said agents with the Transportation Security Administration singled out his special-needs son for a pat-down while the family was headed to Disney World, MyFoxDetroit.com reported, an incident that the TSA admitted was a “case of bad judgment.”

David Mandy said agents at Detroit Metro Airport took his son Drew, 29, and asked him about the padding underneath his pants, which turned out to be adult diapers. Drew, who is severely mentally disabled, had trouble understanding the agents’ orders because his family said he has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.

When the father tried to intervene and explain Drew’s disability, he said the two agents said, “Please, sir, we know what we’re doing.”

The agents confiscated a six-inch plastic hammer, something Drew had carried with him for 20 years for comfort. Agents called it a security threat, his father said, adding that they tapped the wall with it and said, “See, it’s hard. It could be used as a weapon.”

The family was told they’d have to ship the hammer if they wanted to keep it, David Mandy said.
“I understand they’re trying to keep people safe,” Mandy said told MyFoxDetroit.com. “But come on, does he look like a terrorist?”

In a statement to FoxNews.com, the TSA said it’s reviewing the incident but early findings indicate this was an “isolated case of bad judgment.” The TSA reached out to the Mandy family to apologize and said the man’s toy hammer should have never been confiscated.



  1. The TSA has an important job and cannot afford to be lax but . . . just a little common sense. The TSA mandate cannot and should run roughshod over the right of interstate travel.
    Incidents like this happen too frequenly and too much power in the hands of screeners as well as the poor attitudes airline take to their customers well only serve to keep folks at home or just drive

  2. Why on earth should they feel bad what they did. In Israel it is a daily occurence that the terrorists use the mentally disabled and handicapped individuals to carry out their terrorism acts. They did the most correct thing.

  3. Chaim Yankel

    Please provide us with a single documented incident of terrorists using “the mentally ill and handicapped individuals”.

    It’s not a lot to ask: just one reference to a newspaper article, or even to a website.