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Girl with crippling bone disease held by TSA agents after testing positive for traces of explosives

12/19/2012 0 Comments Contact Our News Editors

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Shelbi Walser, 12, was left in tears while en route with mom to Tampa, Florida, to get treatment for her serious condition.

Twelve-year-old Shelbi Walser, who suffers from Brittle Bone Disease, was brought to tears after TSA officials detained her for nearly an hour.

A wheelchair-bound girl suffering from a crippling bone disease was temporarily detained by TSA officials in Texas after she tested positive for traces of explosive materials.

Twelve-year-old Shelbi Walser, who suffers from a genetic bone disorder called Brittle Bone Disease, was held for nearly an hour at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after TSA officials detected traces of explosives on her hands, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV reported.

Walser, who was left in tears after the ordeal, was flying to Tampa, Fla., with her mother to receive treatment for her condition on Sunday, when she was randomly selected for a security screening, the girl's mom, Tammy Daniels told WFAA.

After TSA officials swabbed the girl's hands, she tested positive for traces of explosives.

Walser, 12, was on her way to Texas with her mother to receive treatment for her condition when TSA officials found traces of explosives on her hands.

"It could have come off fertilizer because we have chickens," Walser said. "I could have run through something from them. It could have just come off the ground because I roll through everything,"
"I was just scared because I didn't know what they were going to do," the frightened girl added.

Sufferers of Brittle Bone Disease are prone to easily breakable bones and spinal curvature, among other painful symptoms.
Luckily, the resilient pair still made their flight, but Daniels was critical of the procedure.
"I am by no means undermining our safety in the air," she said. "After 9/11, by no means am I doing that. But, when it comes to children, common sense is not in a textbook."

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