Michael Costantino, One-Handed Man, Suing the TSA for Discrimination

Posted Jul 28th 2011 09:40 AM



CBS New York

A man born without his right hand is suing the Transportation Security Administration after he believed the agency unfairly rejected him for a job, reports the Associated Press.

Michael Costantino, 32 and an amateur boxer, applied for a TSA job at New York's LaGuardia Airport about 18 months ago. After clearing a background check, interviewing and passing an initial test whereby applicants pick out weapons on an X-ray screen, Costantino left his interview thinking he'd landed the gig. His missing hand was never brought up, he says.

But, after a medical exam, which the TSA says is conducted by an outside company, Costantino was informed that he was disqualified because of his disability. He has since filed a complaint with the TSA charging the agency with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"They just made an assumption that he can't perform this job simply because he doesn't have a right hand - without any evidence to support it," Costantino's lawyer, Jonathan Bell told the New York Daily News.

Costantino was reportedly never asked to demonstrate his ability to perform tasks an airport screener might be required to do.

According to the Daily News, the TSA charged that Costantino could not conduct patdown searches using his palms or the backs of his hands, nor could he open zippers or snaps, record baggage tag information in logs, inspect pillboxes etc., according to their doctors.

"Anyone that knows me knows it's ridiculous for them to say I can't open luggage," Constantino told the paper. "I've fought in the Golden Gloves. I work out with former world champions. Opening luggage would be pretty easy for me."

The TSA could not comment, but said its rules require job applicants to "possess basic aptitudes and physical abilities, including color perception, visual and aural acuity, physical coordination, and motor skills," according to the AP.

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Idas' girl

Terrible Society of Apes!? Best one I've heard in a while. Love it!

September 03 2011 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

rather have a dedicated one handed man the nsome of the brain dead TSA people we have now !

July 31 2011 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Theatrical Security Admin could not find their own butt with both hands! This guy deserves his day in court and the right to prove them wrong. The TSA is a clown organization that does nothing to keep us safe and only harasses innocent civilians. Sneaking contraband past them is very easy and they are very unprofessional. It is time for us to take a stand against invasive policies that do nothing to keep anyone safe. The fact that they discriminate without any logic or intelligence is just one more nail in the coffin. Time to shut down the Terrible Society of Apes.

July 28 2011 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Theatrical Security Admin couldn't find their own butt with both hands. This guy deserves an opportunity to prove them wrong and I look forward to his getting his day in court. The TSA is a clown organization that does nothing to keep people safe and everything to harass innocent Citizens.

July 28 2011 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Reverse racism

They probably didnt notice his missing hand.
Im sure they did notice he was white

July 28 2011 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How can he perform a manual search if he has no feeling in his prosthetic hand?

July 28 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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