TSA stops 9 yr old with a pacemaker from flying because he might be a terrorist

Chille BergstromA nine-year-old aspiring pilot with a pacemaker has spoken about the ‘terrible’ ordeal he suffered at the hands of TSA at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.

Chille Bergstrom was to travel home to Minnesota with his family on Saturday, but was denied an alternative screening process.

He was then surrounded by armed police and agents, who told his mother they have stopped terrorists using children with pacemakers.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Yeah, he looks like a terrorist if you aren’t allowed to profile.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Meanwhile, baggage handlers and other airport personnel go unvetted.

  • mobuyus

    Why can’t they do like the Israeli’s and just profile for terrorists, hell I could do it for them.

  • Mal

    More TSA-kabuki to show how “inclusive” they are with their security measures. Plus, it shows how necessary all the extra staff is. Instead of focussing the largest percentage of their resources on “likely”suspects, they include blond, white children and blue-rinsed senior ladies in their impressive tactical sweeps.

  • roccolore

    But Muslim women in full-body garbage bags go through unchecked.

  • Frances

    Was a time when – every time I went through security – I was swabbed for explosives. Swabbers kept on saying it wasn’t profiling. Bit my tongue and refrained from saying I wish they would profile, as they would be checking much more probable terrorist suspects than moi.

    • Editor

      I went through, with easily verifiable government employee ID and one of those highly suspicious camera tripods, they swabbed that thing twice, called a supervisor, swabbed it again, and let it through. I got the distinct impression I was watching a morality play. “You want to bring an “out of the ordinary” item, we’re going to tut-tut you, stare you down, delay you and then offhandedly dismiss you without any explanation.

  • J. C.

    Those little Bergstroms are notorious for airplane bombings… Bastards! 😉

  • I f—ing hate the TSA.

  • simus1

    If people grew backbones and totally boycotted airlines for a few weeks this bullshit theatre would roll away fast never to be seen again,

  • Justin St.Denis

    Has the TSA ever stopped an actual terrorist? Seems to me that when they do, they should hold a press conference………

    • Editor

      No, but I’m sure their “low hanging fruit” statistics are pretty impressive. The “kids and Grannies in wheelchairs” quotas are easily met.