TSA Gropes 6-Year Old Girl: Says It's Okay Since It Followed Standard Operating Procedure

from the only-the-tsa-can-touch-you-this-way dept

There have been plenty of concerns about the new TSA groping procedures, especially when it comes to little children, who are properly taught from a young age that it's inappropriate for people to touch them in certain ways. Many people were quite reasonably horrified when the TSA suggested that agents tell kids that the patdown was just a game -- as that's the type of language used by child sex offenders.

Apparently, the TSA remains completely tone deaf on this issue. Jonathan Adler notes "only the TSA can touch you this way," in referencing the anger felt by the parents of a 6-year old girl who broke down crying after going through the patdown process. The girl's mother, Selena Drexel, pointed out:
"We struggle to teach our kids to protect themselves, to say 'no, it's not ok to touch me in this way in this area. Yet here we are saying it's ok for these people."
The family videotaped the incident, as you can see here:
At the end of this post, we also have a clip of the parents appearing on TV discussing the incident, their daughter's reaction and how they feel about the whole thing.

Given the attention this story is getting, the TSA published a blog post, and in true tone deaf fashion, defended the patdown as being "standard operating procedures":
A video taken of one of our officers patting down a six year-old has attracted quite a bit of attention. Some folks are asking if the proper procedures were followed. Yes. TSA has reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures.
The TSA does not respond to the rather serious issues of how do you teach children that they shouldn't be touched in this manner... but it's okay if a stranger in an airport does it. Does the TSA truly believe that groping a 6-year-old girl and reaching into the waistband of her pants is making us safer?

Filed Under: children, patdowns, tsa


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Apr 2011 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You have some evidence of the threat of violence?

    No?

    Gosh, what a pity.

    But even if we were to assume that the de facto procedure for the TSA is to insist on a full pat down search with a threat of violence to anyone including a six year old if they refused the search you would have to ask why parents would bring their child to undergo that or even risk undergoing that.

    But adults probably often put their fingers under the waistband of four five six and even seven year olds pants, it only sounds terrible if the assumption of child abuse is already there. Most rational people would not call it child abuse when they know full well what is going on.

    Maybe at this stage you wonder why I am so strenuously objecting to it being called pornography, borderline rape and child abuse?
    The fact is children have been genuinely sexually abused, are being genuinely sexually abused and unfortunately will be genuinely sexually abused, and calling things like this, that are inanely stupid but not sexual abuse of any kind, diminishes the very real trauma that people who have really been abused go through.
    So, please wise up people.

    The solution is simple, you don't fly, when people stop flying because of this then the policy will change.

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