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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    Realist, 18 Apr 2011 @ 12:52pm

    People need to wake up

    You know, there is a reason why they must do this. Don't get me wrong, I KNOW it looks bizarre to see a little girl getting a pat down. But that woman did nothing wrong to that little girl. She did her job, in full view of the parent in a professional manner.

    I may think that things have gone a little too far myself, but you can't exclude anybody if you want the it to be fair. And working in the field, and having seen people sneak in all kinds of things on their children, YES some parents really are Scum Bags, even if its a one in a thousand chance, you still have to check.

    I am not saying its going to be terrorists, or weapons of mass destruction on that little girl, but I have seen other illegal products such as drugs and alcohol. AND when you find that on these children, you are now able to phone child services on that parent, I mean do you really think a person who would smuggle in cocaine on their baby, should be raising that child??

    Unfortunately the average citizen doesn't see everything that goes on, they just see a little snippit of a little girl who doesn't want a stranger touching her on the internet. They don't see or hear of the MANY times that that dirt bag parent used their child to traffic illegal stuff. It's sad, but it happens all the time!

    Anyways, thats just my two cents!

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