A wheelchair-bound triple amputee veteran wasn’t any exception to the notorious TSA airport pat-down, as a new viral video shows.
Brian Kolfage, the veteran behind the $20 million border wall GoFundMe campaign, was recorded at the Tuscon International Airport where he was subjected to a lengthy and invasive pat-down by a TSA agent.
Watch the video below:
The video shows the agent communicating with Kolfage before his search, and Kolfage nodding in acknowledgment. The agent then conducts a thorough pat-down, requiring Kolfage navigate by leaning forward or to the side while seated in his wheelchair.
Kolfage’s prosthetic legs and hat were even swabbed to check for explosives.
The video was reportedly uploaded by a concerned fellow traveler, although that person’s identity has not been confirmed.
“They groped and searched under his hips and buttocks, his groin and his half arm searching for what? Brian is an Afghanistan War veteran,” YouTube user James Hoft lamented in the video description.
“They also swabbed his prosthetic legs and wheelchair for explosives,” he added.
“It’s unfortunate that every time I travel I get a full search and swabbed for explosives. It’s the times we live in,” Kolfage told The Gateway Pundit in an exclusive interview.
AWFUL. Purple Heart Triple-Amputee Brian Kolfage Undergoes Invasive TSA Groping at Tucson Airport (VIDEO) https://t.co/QmrbBpwu0d
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) February 10, 2019
“I understand the security concerns but it’s not TSA’s fault, it’s the policy makers in DC who have no clue what the real world is like; it’s a joke. It’s the same people who think there’s no issue at our border,” he added.
Brian suffered devastating injuries to his extremities in September 2004 when an enemy rocket struck only a few feet away from him, the Daily Mail reported. He immediately lost his right hand and both legs, and also suffered a collapsed lung.
It took nearly a year of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center before he was able to return home for the first time after his injuries. He received a Purple Heart for his service.
Kolfage said he has also been subjected to “full cavity searches and removing prosthetics” by TSA.
“It’s amazing how our government is so worried about airport security with a triple amputee veteran in a wheelchair, but every day thousands of illegals are coming into our nation unchecked and killing Americans. I guess they turn a blind eye to them like they have to all the angel families,” he said.
The video generated disgust from those familiar with Kolfage, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
“Watch this disgusting treatment of my friend @BrianKolfage a decorated war hero, purple heart recipient and triple amputee from war injuries. There is NO excuse for this! @DHSgov should explain how this makes us safe! I hope @realDonaldTrump sees this and demands answers,” Huckabee tweeted.
Watch this disgusting treatment of my friend @BrianKolfage a decorated war hero, purple heart recipient and triple amputee from war injuries. There is NO excuse for this! @DHSgov should explain how this makes us safe! I hope @realDonaldTrump sees this and demands answers. https://t.co/qlXbqOJTys
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 10, 2019