TSA Does Full Grope Search On Screaming Three Year Old [Update]

from the i-feel-much-more-secure-now dept

There certainly are a lot of TSA search stories these days but it's an important topic, so we'll keep covering it as long as there are interesting stories. The latest, found via Slashdot, is of a three year old girl who got a full pat down while screaming at the TSA agents not to touch her. Update: Pointed out in the comments is that this actually happened "pre-enhanced pat down." This original story was from 2009, but the press seems to have picked up on it again... Apparently, she was initially upset at having to send her teddy bear through the machine and she then refused to go through the scanning device herself. Her actions somehow set off the scanner's alarm, leading to a TSA agent trying to do a forced pat down. The girl's father is a reporter and caught 17-seconds of the pat down on his mobile phone.

Oddly, it appears that the Tribune Company is pulling down this video every time it appears on YouTube. It's not clear why the Tribune Company won't allow it to stay up but others keep re-uploading it. This version is working as I type this, but it might not be for long.

Filed Under: privacy, safety, security
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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2011 @ 8:30am

    Let me state the obvious; had that little girl been a Muslim dressed from head to foot in Muslim garb with only a slit to see out of.......that TSA Agent would NEVER have done that. What you saw happen on that video was done because that mother and child were NOT Muslims and NOT because there was any suspicion that either of them were a threat. Let me remind all that it was NOT white female adults nor white female children that attacked us on 9/11. That whole incident is absolutely disgusting.............

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