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31 January 2012 @ 04:32 pm
Ableism @ LAX  
Here's what happened at security today.

TSA officer, to me: "Uh, that... your cane, we'll need to run it through the scanner."
Me: Okay.
TSA Officer (turning immediately to elsmi): "Can she walk unassisted?"

I'll... just leave that there. Cause yes, this really happened, really happens, is a really common sort of ableist microaggression.

Anyway one thing this means is that we really are at LAX and all the packing etc happened. Opting out of the backscatter (they have backscatters for EVERYBODY here) took the last of my spoons, but I shouldn't need to brain much now anyway; and I have books on the ereader, so I'm good to go.

See you guys on the other end!
Current Mood: tiredsplat
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 1st, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)

In fact I think he might even have started to ask me; it might have even been "Can you... can she walk without assistance?" but it was very quick so I'm not certain.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 1st, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
unassisted. That. The exact wording is starting to fuzz in my brain, which is part of why I wanted to write it down as soon as possible.
dsmoendsmoen on February 1st, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
Still shaking my head @ this today.