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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
Marissa Lingenmrissa on February 1st, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
The thing about the TSA is that getting a good agent is such a crapshoot. Sometimes you get the guy who shuts up his co-worker who is mocking your cane and volunteers that they have metal-free ones if you need it for short distances. Sometimes you get...his co-worker. And betting that it will be the former just does not work.

It sucks, and I'm sorry.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 1st, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah. Though, this agent was in between. I don't think there was any malice there, but it was like once he parsed enough for his "omg disability" switch to flip he stopped reasoning about me as a person.