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  • Soldiers escorting the body of a fallen colleague forced

    This just torqued me off!!

    Officials at Sea-Tac Airport are scrambling to find out why it happened.

    Congressman Norm Dicks is working to see that it never happens again.

    My commentary on how TSA screeners handled two Fort Lewis soldiers escorting the body of a combat colleague home for burial has outraged a lot of people.

    Brief recap: Escorted to the tarmac where an honor guard waited, the soldiers stood at attention as the casket was placed on the plane.

    A uniformed police officer then accompanied them to the screening area where their combat medals and ribbons helped set off the metal detectors.

    They showed their military ID.

    The police officer showed his ID.

    Told to put down the American flag they were carrying, a TSA screener then had the soldiers strip to their tee shirts, pants and socks in full view of everyone in line.

    More than anything else, it was that public spectacle and the soldier's humiliation that I find most disturbing, most disrespectful and most offensive.

    It was the complete absence of any common sense from TSA, and the disregard shown to those men, that provoked such strong reactions.

    I'm going to continue to follow this story, which means I'll continue to update you up on what happens.

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    Re: Soldiers escorting the body of a fallen colleague forced

    This is insane gopher but I can't believe this happened. I've known people who've been escorts and they usually get picked up at the plane. Imagine a casket at luggage pickup and you'll see my point. When our unit came back from the desert, we were given first class service. The postive reception we recieved from the public and airport staff was exceptional. We were whisked through security and ate free at the resturants. If this really happened, someone is getting fired.
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      Re: Soldiers escorting the body of a fallen colleague forced

      Stupid is as stupid does................
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      • #4
        Re: Soldiers escorting the body of a fallen colleague forced

        Scratch my original post, I reread the news article, but don't see how this could happen.
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          Re: Soldiers escorting the body of a fallen colleague forced

          I came back from Viet Nam in Jan 1970 through Sea-Tac. Considering the reception we got, I can believe it happened. Guess not much has changed in the past 40 years. Sad.

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            Re: Soldiers escorting the body of a fallen colleague forced

            how humiliating indeed..

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              Re: Soldiers escorting the body of a fallen colleague forced

              This is such a disgrace and so disrespectful of our servicemen and women.

              They need more than to be fired in my opinion. This 'person' (to use the term loosely) should be sent to Dover for a few months to gain some respect for those who have given their lives in the name of this great country, its citizens, and all it stands for.
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