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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Howard, Cowering, 18 Nov 2010 @ 4:13am

    @ #50. Re: Re: Why does age matter?

    "...the fact is that theres [sic] no easy answers." -- Untrue. Stop using the backscatter machines, start profiling, and use the intrusive pat-down if the metal detector goes off or the profile hits. Easy, and no less effective.

    "...are acting on orders from higher-ups." -- 2LT Calley's lawyers want to know where you were when they needed you.

    "You can't have it both ways. Either everyone is screened or none of us are and we take our chances." -- Um, yeah. Go check out logical fallacies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy)*, and see how many you managed to cram into those two sentences. Not everyone is screened now. We still take our chances, and I would prefer to take them without having to physically or virtually undress in front of a low-wage, minimally-trained object of nearly universal derision.

    * Sorry, this system strips out hyperlinks.

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