DINA Frank of Long Island experienced a medical miracle when for the first time in her seven years, she was able, thanks to Botox, to take a few steps unaided.
She has cerebral palsy and is developmentally disabled.
A few days later, her federal government rewarded her by having one of its agents conduct a pat-down roughly in the name of airport security.
She's physically and developmentally disabled.
And our government treated her as if she were a terrorist of some kind.
This was not the first time Transportation Security Administration agents unnecessarily roughed her up, said her father Dr. Joshua Frank, a pediatrician.
"They make our lives completely difficult," Frank told the Daily.
"She's not a threat to security."
He videotaped the latest encounter and sent it to TSA.
The agency not only did not issue an apology and change its misguided policy, but was indignant that anyone would dare question its authority.
"TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child," the agency said.
Here is what the policy should be on patting down children:
A fireable offense.
Frank should report the TSA for child abuse. There was no reason for screeners to touch his little girl.
TSA abuses of power are many.