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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    The Groove Tiger (profile), 17 Nov 2010 @ 8:34pm

    Re: Re: Urethra search

    "Do I have to submit to this X-Ray? It could give me cancer and stuff!"

    "No way, sir, the chances of getting cancer from this little machine are 30 MILLION TO ONE! It's practically impossible!"

    "Ok, thanks, I feel much safer now."

    "In fact, in all the time we've used them, not a single case of cancer has been reported. Not a single case in 29,999,999 times we've tried it before you, sir!"

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