TSA Frisks A Baby; Says The Stroller Set Off 'Explosives' Alarm

from the younger-and-younger dept

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the TSA groping a six-year-old and then defending it because it was "standard operating proecedures." Once again, the TSA is getting attention for a questionable patdown, this time going much, much younger, with a photo being shown of a patdown of a baby:
Once again, the TSA is quick to respond on its blog, insisting again that there's nothing out of the ordinary here:
We reviewed the screening of this family, and found that the child’s stroller alarmed during explosives screening. Our officers followed proper current screening procedures by screening the family after the alarm, who by the way were very cooperative and were on the way to their gate in no time. The child in the photo was simply receiving a modified pat-down which doesn’t even come close to what the headline implies.
I'm curious how the family being cooperative makes this okay? After all, didn't the TSA just admit that complaining about the TSA may subject you to further scrutiny? It seems like everyone who doesn't want to get that extra special attention is going to be friendly and cooperative.

Filed Under: baby, security, tsa

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    New Mexico Mark, 11 May 2011 @ 7:59am

    It's just logic

    The stroller set of an alarm, therefore we should focus all our attention on the baby? Hmmm... a stroller has dozens of potential hiding places, some almost impossible to inspect without cutting it apart. Babies? Not so many hiding places, but easier to "inspect".

    Besides, if the baby was a concern (had that diabolical terrorist look in his eyes), would it have been too hard to simply divert the parents and baby to a private area, explain the situation, and ask them to change the diaper (and dispose of the old one locally)? As a parent, I can attest that's probably a good thing to do immediately before a flight and most parents would welcome a semi-private area to do so.

    That said, I still believe that effective security organizations, procedures, etc. can reduce security risks without introducing prohibitive costs, either monetary or to liberty. We'll have to try it someday.


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