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.

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    McCrea, 17 Nov 2010 @ 3:57pm

    Parents' consent for their children / acclimatization

    When I had heard about this before viewing, I had considered the "no means no" defense for the child.

    But in this video, it "clearly" appears the mother effectively gave consent for the child to be searched, and the father, although objecting to something (his daughter throwing a tantrum?) after the fact, by no means suggests that he did not consent.

    I had envisioned the parents being separated from the child (if only by 3 or 5 feet) during the pat down ... certainly not the mother holding the child.

    I believe I had cried a time or two when I was dropped off at school, because I didn't want to go to school. And maybe the kindergarten teach took my hand to lead me inside. And maybe I scream "quit touching me". That wouldn't be the faculty's fault --understanding that they had my parents consent -- that would be a child over-reacting as usually because I wasn't acclimatized. Or more simply, I probably cried the many first times I had to get a shot at the doctor's.

    Maybe the parents could have trained the child to be scanned. Play peek-a-boo with Mr. Bear more often. "There he goes! Here he comes!" "Hee hee, haa haa," not "boo hoo hoo." Maybe such training should become part of early schooling.

    Since the mother and not the agents are restraining the child, I don't see anything other than sensationalism.

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