Iraq Vet subjected to TSA search due to having “too much metal”

…..”Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz, who was gravely wounded in 2004 from a roadside bomb in Iraq, has limited use of his right arm & is incapable of lifting it above his head, according to the website. During a recent trip to the state capitol building in Sacramento, Calif. — where Kemnitz was being honored as his legislative district’s veteran of the year — the retired Marine was reportedly asked to remove his dress shirt. He was also asked by TSA workers at Sacramento International Airport to lift his arms above his head during a full-body scan. Kemnitz could not comply with either request, telling Military Times, “My right arm doesn’t work. It’s a lot of hassle for me to do that.” Kemnitz’s travel partner, Patricia Martin, was outraged following the incidents and wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to express her anger. “What does a uniform and heroism represent if our own citizens — in this case employees of the TSA and security personnel — have no regard for them?” Martin reportedly wrote.”….

…”TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein said in a statement Monday that “Our intent is to treat all injured service members and veterans with the dignity they deserve. As always, all passengers with disabilities and medical conditions are eligible for screening procedures sensitive to their particular disability, medical condition or other unique medical circumstance. “Transportation Security Officers have to resolve any
anomaly detected at the checkpoint,” Feinstein said. “As is standard procedure for all passengers, if travelers alarm when passing through a metal detector or an advanced imaging technology (AIT) unit, additional screening is required in order to resolve that anomaly.”…..

RRD: A few months ago Chuck Schumer attempted to justify banning “3d printed guns” (which actually cannot be made entirely without metal),since they would supposedly be “undetectable” to metal detectors. This is not a new tactic, they pulled a similar stunt when Glocks first came onto the market. As I noted several months ago even if it were possible to make a wholly non-metallic gun ,there would still be another problem: bullets. Ammunition contains metal. I noted then that even bullet fragments can be detected by metal detectors, much less whole rounds of ammunition. Now we again have validation of this.


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