A 12-year-old girl in a wheelchair was reduced to tears when she was separated from her mother for nearly an hour at a US airport after her hands were allegedly found to contain traces of bomb residue.
Shelbi Wasler was on her way to Florida for treatment for a brittle bone disease on Sunday when she was detained by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
Her mother Tammy Daniels filmed Shelbi crying on her mobile phone after she was prevented from getting close to her.
Ms Daniels said she asked the TSA officers why her daughter was detained.
"I said, 'What do you mean? What did you test her for?' 'Oh she tested positive for explosive residue,' Ms Daniels said.
"Okay… at that point you would think they would test her wheelchair, but they did nothing. Everything just seemed to spiral out."
A bomb specialist showed up and spoke to the TSA officer while other passengers tried to comfort Shelbi.
The 12-year-old said she was frightened during the incident.
Around 45 minutes after she was first detained Shelbi was released without explanation.
The TSA responded in a statement.
"TSA's mission is to safely, efficiently and respectfully screen nearly two million passengers each day at airports nationwide," the statement reads.
"We are sensitive to the concerns of passengers who were not satisfied with their screening experience and we invite those individuals to provide feedback to TSA through a variety of channels."
Source: Fox News
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson