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by Mike Masnick


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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.

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    TechnoMage (profile), 11 May 2011 @ 7:59am

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    Perhaps you should insert "Congressional Member who uses the 'Terror-boogie-man' to pass anything they want" in that statement instead of "TSA agent"
    ... come on...
    These people don't like their jobs as much as you don't like their job. They don't make much money, and they are only doing it to be able to support their families, etc.

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