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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Nov 2010 @ 3:37pm

    This has the proportion of being a police state.

    It seems to me the real, unannounced objective is to reduce air traffic by making it as onerous as possible. Making air travel into an experience you don't do unless you have no other choice.

    So far that hasn't spread to train and vehicle traffic. A train is a nice way to travel and not near as expensive as flying.

    It seems the Homeland Security only recognizes air travel as the means for terrorists to get the country or into the country. That is a fallacy on the face of it.

    Our borders are as porous as a sponge. You have only to look as far as drug smuggling to figure that out.

    This is stage show for the passengers, nothing more. When was the first time the TSA actually caught a terrorist? They are trying to take credit for the underwear bomber; one who already went through their security measures, was already on the plane, and already in the air. It was the passengers, not the TSA that prevented the mishap.

    So how long before we hear, "papers please" and every block?

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