Mother Threatens to Sue TSA after Search of Disabled Son
ATLANTA - A mother has threatened to file a lawsuit against the TSA at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
Dionne Haynes talked about her experience Tuesday afternoon at the TSA security line at the airport from New Jersey where she lives. She said a TSA agent declared her adult disabled son, Antwon, needed to be searched. She said Antwon is 21-years-old, has cerebral palsy and is autistic.
Haynes said the TSA agent refused to let her witness the search. She said the situation became very heated, which led to police being called. Ultimately, Haynes said she was allowed to witness the search.
Afterwards she and her son boarded a plane to Philadelphia to return home to New Jersey. She said she is seeking advice from an attorney in pursuing a lawsuit against the TSA in Atlanta.
In a written statement, a TSA representative said: "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking into allegations involving the screening of a passenger departing Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Tuesday, December 1. TSA will work directly with the passenger to address any concerns he/she has about the screening experience."
Haynes said she does not want to gain personally from a lawsuit, but wants to use any money for a foundation in her son's name to help other disabled people.