And of late, she's used her Instagram account to call out both the TSA at Denver International Airport, where she says an agent groped her during a search, and the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, at which an employee allegedly referred to her flippantly as a "cripple."
Here's Van Dyken's May Instagram explanation of what happened at DIA:
With the positive in my journey, there is also negative. Need to make changes for all in ♿️. @denairport @tsa pre check officer was rude, and in correct. Said every airport in country BUT Den is doing it wrong. Had a full body pat down, and was humiliated by him as well. Thank you STSO Keith Rogers!!! I'm going to find out if the rest of the country is wrong, or if HE is wrong. I'll get back to you.
In a subsequent interview with Inside Edition, Van Dyken stressed that the groping, amid a full-body search, took place even though she had arranged a pre-check clearance.
No surprise that the TSA soon offered Van Dyken a public apology, which she also shared on Instagram.
More recently, Van Dyken castigated Gaylord, an enterprise well known in Colorado; the company announced plans to build a giant operation in Aurora, not far from DIA, before pulling out in 2012.
The Instagram post about what happened includes both an account of the incident itself — in which Van Dyken says one hotel employee said to another, "What's going on here? Escorting the cripples now?" — and the first apology she received, from the hotel's security chief.
Today was brought by security back to my room and a hotel security guy called Bam Bam said "What's going on here? Escorting the cripples now?!" I'm shaking. I'm sorry my ♿️ buddies also have to deal with this. We need to make that as bad as other slurs. #ComeOn UPDATE: head of security came and apologized and said Bam Bam said it because he thought I worked there. Ugh. Then said that was no excuse. It's one person, not the whole hotel.
Another apology followed, this time from Gaylord's general manager, as Van Dyken documented in a tweet posted on Wednesday evening, June 8.
You can bet the next person who disrespects Van Dyken will have his or her behavior shared publicly, too — and that's a very good thing. She's definitely still got the Olympic spirit.
Here's the aforementioned Inside Edition interview about the TSA at DIA.
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