Amputee Marine asked to remove prosthetic legs at airport security

CREATED Mar 24, 2013

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Phoenix, AZ (KTNV) -- A California lawmaker wants answers from the Transportation Security Administration about why a double amputee Marine was humiliated at the airport.

Marine Toran Gaal was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2011.

The Marine's grandfather said a TSA agent asked him to remove his prosthetic legs during a security screening at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport..

According to witnesses, the TSA agent then asked the Marine to get up and walk, which was caught on tape.

"He cannot stand up by himself and I tried to explain that and they don't want to hear it," said Jim Phillips, Gaal's airport escort.

The Marine's grandfather said his grandson was humiliated, and afterwards Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter fired off an angry letter to the TSA.

But the TSA is denying its agents ever forced the marine to remove his prosthetic legs.