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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    Tom Landry (profile), 17 Nov 2010 @ 9:22pm

    Re: Why does age matter?

    agreed.

    it's easy to Monday morning quarterback over how TSA and homeland security is supposed to address the issue but the fact is that theres no easy answers.

    The minute you start putting "exceptions" in regards to who gets the full treatment and who doesn't then that weakness could possibly be exploited.

    I know its fun to mock what we all perceive as overzealous TSA people but they are acting on orders from higher-ups. There's also the fact that if someone WERE to smuggle some kind of device via one of these "exceptions" (and you KNOW extremists will justify any sick method as long as they are doing Allah's bidding) and it went off the same people mocking would have plenty to say about how incompetent the system and employees are.

    You can't have it both ways. Either everyone is screened or none of us are and we take our chances.

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