Disabled Girl ‘Traumatized’ By TSA After Being Detained for ‘Bomb Residue’

The 12-year-old girl left in tears after TSA agents detained her for nearly an hour at a Texas airport because they claimed to have found traces of bomb residue on her hands has revealed she is still ‘traumatized’ by the incident a week later.

Wheelchair-bound Shelbi Walser was traveling to Florida with her mother, Tammy Daniels, for treatment for her brittle bone disorder on December 8 when she was stopped at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas.

Shelbi Walser says she is still in shock by the event that caused a public outcry when video footage emerged showing Shelbi sobbing as officials detained her in front of hundreds of travelers at security, but refuse to allow her mother to get close enough to comfort her.

‘I didn’t know what was going to happen and what they were going to do to me. [I thought they might] take me away,’ she told RadarOnline.com.

The little girl makes the trip at least twice a year to receive treatment for brittle bone disease, which has left her wheelchair-bound. Her mom revealed that during the ordeal Shelbi told her that she didn’t want to go to Florida and that she wanted to go home. Shelbi said the unpleasant incident meant she would be more nervous in future and she would be washing her hands before going through security for fear that she might test positive again.

A TSA agent swabbed Shelbi’s hands and she tested positive for explosives. But the wheelchair, which is likely to have transferred any substance to her hands as she pushed it, was never tested, her mother said. Rather than ‘explosive residue’, her mom believes it was probably fertilizer they detected on Shelbi’s hands. The family live in the country and Daniels believes it could have transferred to her daughter’s hands via her wheels.

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  • Outrageous

  • charles

    Where does TSA get all these IDIOTS??????

    • Out of a police line up….where else?

  • Harold

    Government goons at their best.

  • Lizelot

    TSA has done this over & over again, it’s insensitive, mindless, above the law, and routinely ignores normal decency and common sense. But then, what do we expect from this department? It’s leadership doesn’t know the first thing about common sense, does it? Lock step marching.

  • CSN

    How is it that we can’t get rid of worthless Government Agencies, but seem to keep them, and then we get crazies shooting up at malls and schools, and everyone wants to disarm citizens who should be able to defend themselves, because Government is out of CONTROL, and wants to MIND CONTROL everyone and everything.

  • LINDA WOLFE

    TSA LIKE ALL OTHER GOV. AGENCY S IS RUN BY IDIOTS . NOW IF THIS LITTLE GIRL HAD BEEN WEARING A RAG ON HER HEAD BET THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TREATED HER THIS WAY ! IF I WERE HER MOM, I WOULD RAISE HELL FOR THEM NOT ALLOWING HER CONTACT WITH HER LITTLE GIRL.

  • Stephen Geiger

    Plain and simple, the TSA does nothing to protect us. Their goal is to harass innocent people and then they let Arabs dressed in Arab garb go through their check-points with nothing but a “Hi, how are you?” TSA and Homeland Security needs to be done away with. All they do is cost us a lot of money with no reasonable.benefit. They are staffed by a bunch of people who can’t get a job anywhere else but they have unlimited power to harass people. They are on a power trip just like a high percentage of police officers in this country are.

  • TruthSeeker

    Thank Bush for this monstrosity