Elderly Disabled Man on Oxygen Detained & Abused by Obama TSA Agents – Misses Flight (Video)

An elderly disabled Florida man was detained and abused by Obama TSA agents in Des Moines on his way back to Florida.

After Primo Mezo’s pacemaker set off an alarm TSA agents detained and abused the man causing him to miss his flight.
WHOTV reported, via TSA News Blog:

Primo Meza and his stepdaughter were going through security at the Des Moines airport when Meza’s pacemaker apparently set off an alarm. The crack team of TSA clerks immediately suspected him of nefarious intent:

In the time it took agents to determine Meza was not a security threat, his batteries depleted to the point where it was not safe for him to fly home. His daughter says she tried to plug in the machine during the screening process, but was told she couldn’t.

“When I tried to walk towards him they surrounded me and told me I couldn’t touch him and I said I need . . . I told them like five times I needed to plug him in so that he didn’t lose his battery life,” Tonya Gahagan said, “and they adamantly said I could not.”

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  • Bitter Clinger

    If the TSA could find uniforms that would fit cows, they would hire cows. Cows are this stupid and they don’t require a benefit package, 15 minute breaks, and unionization.

  • Granny

    and just WHO is going to pay for changing the ticket? Airlines don’t do that for free! TSA really needs to be disbanded.

  • Bustr

    For “Security and safety” reasons they wouldn’t let him use one of their outlets? I guess his need for oxygen wasn’t considered a matter of safety. Whose safety are their concerned with if not the passengers?

    Every time one of these incidents occurs the TSA issues a statement giving justification to what they did based on policy and procedure.

    Does a lame quote from some policy and procedure manual trump the 4th Amendment now?

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  • Bitter Clinger

    @Bustr: Yes.

  • Robert

    This is tyranny plain and simple. The government is harassing innocent travelers and they have no recourse. Any possible justification for this assault on our rights is negated by the stupidity of its implementation. Everyone knows that the charade of airline “security” makes no sense.

  • bg



    November 6, 2009

    A Gun-Free Zone at Ft. Hood

    [Yet, once again that reasoning hasn’t panned out at Ft. Hood, any
    more than it panned out at Virginia Tech, Columbine High School,
    Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, or, for that matter, on the streets
    of Washington, D.C., the gun-control, murder capital of America.]


  • snap boy

    Surely there are people collecting unemployment with higher IQ’s; these TSA agents deserve to be unemployed – permanently.

  • RoadKill

    Well, all we really need are Internal Passports and America can become the new USSR.

  • PegLeg

    I have argued for years that this is “profiling”! They are picking the most unlikely people to hassle! This is supposed to prove that they are NOT “profiling” the LIKELY people!

    We will hassle granny, gramps and little children and let Achmed walk on through!

  • Multitude

    Are they sure these were TSA agents? It sounds much more like ObamaCare (perhaps Obama is leveraging TSA to provide ObamaCare support services).

    Look folks, President and Mrs. Obama have been extremely clear: people like this man lived their time. Asking to be plugged in only unnaturally extends time and consumes valuable electricity that the President understands “must necessarily be rationed.” And then there’s the CO2 emissions that would be selfishly consumed by someone past his time, when those credits rightfully belong to a younger traveler still within their time.

    As a society, President Obama knows we just can’t unnaturally keep old people clinging on, dragging around charging apparatuses and relying on expensive technology that needs to otherwise be given to people that have a rightful need to it. Consider that same system being selfishly horded by an old white American is being kept from a little girl in Africa who could have a whole life ahead of her if this selfish American didn’t refuse to retire in style.

    Progressivism has rightfully advocated the responsibility of the citizen to conclude their life story at the time appropriate and determined by the needs of their society. I’m proud that President and Mrs. Obama have taken a stand to let all Americans know of their duty to relieve the planet of their strain and burden when they are no longer a productive net economic benefit to society. TSA, ObamaCare, IRS and all of our Federal union-employee run bureaucracies are helping us advance this important re-orientation of the American culture.

  • Robodog7

    To bad he wasn’t an illegal alien, he could of flown the plane. The TSA is a joke, time to get rid of it.

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  • Noovuss

    What idiot formed TSA, that lovable “do you miss him yet” guy.
    No, I don’t miss him yet.

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  • It would be awesome if Americans weren’t so feeble to fight back against the authoritarian powers that are destroying our freedoms. We should be standing up against this but we shrug. One by one our liberty is being stripped away from us. And the country is numb with apathy to do anything about it.

  • chuck in st paul

    Wow! Thanks TSA. That “pacemaker” might have been a thermonuclear device and taken out the entire airport. We’ve been saved once again from the evil Hells Grannies and Gramdpas. [a h/t to good old Monty Python]

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  • #16 … exactly. Little by little We the People get more accustomed to a police state, all in the name of ‘safety’.

  • Jayne on Left Coast

    Yet, all attempted terrorist on planes have been coming INTO the USA from other countries. They have all been stopped by passengers and crew.

  • PimpAllah

    TSA is CAIR compliant.

  • Chris

    TSA the terrorizers of of non-terrorists.

  • bg


    PimpAllah #21 July 24, 2012 at 11:27 am

    USA is Shariah compliant.. 🙁

    and there is a mosque @ ground zero.. 😡

    more here (#45) & here (#14) , in connecting links & threads..


  • bg



    July 12, 2102

    Independent Report on Fort Hood Massacre

    July 20, 2012

    Fort Hood Massacre report released by Judge Webster

    [Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, will stand trial in military court on Aug. 20, 2012, for indiscriminately shooting and killing 13 victims and wounding 33 others during his one-man-jihad, according to FBI, Pentagon and news reports.]


  • bg


    oops.. #24 July 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm bg

    re: #7 July 24, 2012 at 7:10 am bg


  • dunce

    Pacemakers are leading edge technology that has only been around for a few weeks so these workers had never seen nor heard of them setting off the detectors blah, blah, blah, look there is a squirrel!

  • stuart

    One of these days those damn fools are going to kill somebody with their stupidity.
    Then Big Sis can go on ABC news announce that TSA really stands for Tough S**t America.
    That is their attitude even if they don’t announce it.

  • stonedome

    just another situation in which the aggressors know the subject is unarmed…just because agents represent our government, we are quickly finding that, under this administration, they are not our friends or protectors

  • greenfairie

    Not even worth it for a disabled/sick person to fly anymore.

  • Interesting

    #14 July 24, 2012 at 8:28 am Noovuss commented: “What idiot formed TSA, that lovable “do you miss him yet” guy.”

    BUT under Bush there was no blatant abuses of power as we see under Obama. Like a gun, it is all HOW YOU USE IT. Do you use it as a thug or to protect people.. is this incident protecting the American people and their interests? Does it put AMERICA and AMERICANS first? I pick that “do you miss him yet” guy for putting AMERICA first and Barry Soreto’s goons for not letting the American plug in his oxygen (something ELSE first).

    Under Bush this would NOT have happened, even if there were a TSA agency.. it is all in how that agency is employed. Just like under Bush there was a Patriot Act.. but it was implemented differently then as well. NO right thinking person thought Bush was against AMERICA.. he LOVED it, and AMERICANS. This is not true of the current person wrongfully inhabiting the WH by fraud.

    Quote: In his famous autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama reveals that his earliest mentor in Hawaii was a man by the name of Frank Marshall Davis. It so happens that Davis had been sent to Hawaii in the late 1940s by the Communist Party to organize the party in Hawaii.

  • MicahStone

    Elderly Disabled Man on Oxygen Detained & Abused by Obama TSA Agents – Misses Flight (Video)

    T(otally)S(crewed-up)A(-holes) agents get a taxpayer-funded BONUS for this type of “exemplary” behavior (though not as much as they get when then let a bearded fanatic screaming ALLAHU AKBAR !! pass through “security” unsearched.)

  • Interesting

    These checks turned into nasty groping and strip searches UNDER OBAMA not Bush. Remember the controversy as it reared its ugly head in 2010, under Obama and not Bush, QUOTE:

    Unions representing U.S. Airways pilots, American Airlines pilots, and some flight attendants are advising their members to skip the full-body scans, even if it means that their genitals are touched. Air travelers are speaking out online, with a woman saying in a YouTube video her breasts were “twisted,” and ExpressJet pilot Michael Roberts emerging as an instant hero after he rejected both the body scanning and “enhanced pat-downs” options and was unceremoniously ejected from the security line from Memphis International Airport…

    TSA’s official blogger, who uses the apparent pseudonym Blogger Bob, went so far as to say this week that: “There is no fondling, squeezing, groping, or any sort of sexual assault taking place at airports. You have a professional workforce carrying out procedures they were trained to perform to keep aviation security safe.”…

    TSA has “always done pat-downs,” but until recently they haven’t been so aggressive, says Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel at the ACLU in Washington, D.C. “The pat-downs never used to go up a woman’s skirt.”

    “It’s become troubling,” Calabrese says. “You’ve got these controversial naked strip search machines that they’re rolling out at airports across America. And if you choose not to go through the naked strip search machine, you’re subject to this (level of intrusive physical contact). It seems punitive. It seems designed to drive you to the naked strip search machine.”


    This was Obama’s doing, not Bush. It came up under his directive, not Bush. The way to solve it, remove Obama and put in an Administration not committed to groping Grandma – which we all hope will be ROMNEY.

    News flash, Jerry: Bush is out of office. Obama OWNS the administration, and has for about two years. And this policy is the decision of his hand-picked TSA administrator. So Obama owns this.
    But let’s set aside your instinctive “blame Bush!” response. No, I don’t think it’s illegal. The argument is that air travel is not a right, and by entering the airport you’ve implicitly consented to submit to pretty much any security measures they dream up. And I think it passes legal muster.
    That doesn’t mean I agree with it — just that I don’t think that the courts are the way to fight it. This was done by executive fiat. That means the two readiest ways to overturn it are to get the executive branch (that’s the Obama administration) to reverse itself, or get Congress to pass legislation ratcheting it down.
    I’d rather it be the former, but Obama has shown no interest in the subject whatsoever. Apparently he has other concerns on his mind (I’m thinking his golf handicap). So it’s likely to continue for some time. – Jay Tea


  • sablegsd

    Time for people to start going postal in airports instead of post offices.

  • Dittogirl

    If we did a national boycott of the airlines for a specified amount of time, say for a week, with an option to extend it if the govt doesnt get out of the security airport business, we could solve this in short order. But we would have to get everyone involved and committed.

    After a week of no flights that are even close to full, the airlines would be in front of Congress demanding that private non-union companies be installed for security that at least have working brain cells and modelled after what Israel does and they are very successful at preventing any hijacking of their jets.

    If after a week, they dont get the message, we continue until they do. DisneyLand will still be there after, but even they would be getting into the action if their attendence went down due to a boycott. Its the only way, since nothing else has worked. The power is in our hands. Do we have the courage to use it?

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