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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    darryl, 17 Nov 2010 @ 2:45pm

    Seems the TSA are the instillers of terror this time..

    It is sick I have to agree, and there are other non intrusive and safe methods for testing for drugs or explosives.

    You do not have to do that to children, even if it is well know that some parents will use their kids for that reason.

    All the same, you should subject kids, or anyone to X-Rays, that is the bigger risk, that is the risk of CANCER..

    sure if you have never had cancer you might not think about it much, but if you have, and if you have lost friends from cancer, and you know X-Rays will give you cancer.

    I cannot see that scanning millions of people like that will not result in a massive increase in the cancer rate.

    patdowns are bad, but cancer is much worse..

    But you can build a "magic wand" that they could pass over children that does gas sampling for drugs and explosives, or let that nice doggie visit them..

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