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
Companies: tsa


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Nov 2010 @ 9:28pm

    Re: Can companies administer gropes? Check the Political Contributors.

    Just so it's clear, SAIC acquired Spectrum San Diego in January.

    Here's the Press Release:
    http://www.traffictechnologytoday.com/news.php?NewsID=18530

    Also, the list provided is only from the 2010 election cycle and is only members of the House of Representatives.

    The whole thing seems to be in response to the outcome of the 2008 election cycle. It's as if these companies had a solution to a non-existent problem. (SAIC in particular. They seems to have a lot of stuff conveniently happen around the Anthrax scare, and other things. They contributed quite a bit through their company and indirectly via PACs)

    I find it humorous that SAIC is in San Diego, the same city John Tyner, the "Don't touch my Junk" guy is from.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00300418&cycle=2010

    In the Senate,
    SAIC made contributions to Bill Nelson, Chairman, Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh, Jeff Bingaman, Roger Wicker, Scott Brown, Richard Burr, North Carolina, and John McCain. These people are on the Armed Services "Emerging Threats" committee.

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