TSA and kids

10 Apr

Here is another article about TSA and their “modified” pat down of children.  Here is the father’s recount:

“He was pleading for me to help him and I was admonished for trying to comfort him,” the comment on the blog states. “His genitals area was groped. He walked down to the plane in tears.”

WBTV invited TSA to comment and reports the following

The TSA issued the following statement to WBTV on Wednesday night:

“Officers are trained to work with parents to insure a respectful screening process for the entire family while providing the best possible security for all travelers.”

But that statement didn’t answer our main question, which was are TSA workers allowed to pat down children even to the point of touching their private parts.

We asked the TSA on Thursday night if they would be more specific.  They sent us back the exact same sentence, but then added this second sentence.

“After a thorough risk assessment and after hearing concerns from parents, we made the decision that a modified pat down would be used for children 12 years old and under who require extra screening.”

We emailed back to ask what exactly “modified” meant but Jon Allen with the TSA replied, “I can’t discuss specifics of a security procedure such as a pat down.”

This is the typical non answer that we’ve been seeing from this agency and politicians in general.  We need to remain insistent and ask them to be specific about their plans and intentions.



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