TSA-That’s So Appalling

Posted: April 12, 2011 in News
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A video surfaced yesterday of a young girl, believed to be 6 years old, being submitted to a thorough “pat-down”, by a TSA agent.

The child remains compliant and seemingly calm, but I can only imagine what the poor thing must have been thinking.  What’s odd to me is, you can hear what I can only presume to be the mother, asking the agent, “can’t you just re-scan her”?  Yes, can’t you just do that, or figure out another method of screening for 6-year-old “terrorists”, that doesn’t include essentially groping them?

Come on, it’s quite ridiculous.

Granted, we don’t know what actually occurred in the moments leading up to the incident, and the agent appeared to do her job in a professional manner (or at least the way she was trained to), but is this really what it has come to?  What probable and reasonable cause made the wonderful people at TSA feel like this was the appropriate way of dealing with the situation?

I understand that terrorists using children as a way of concealing weapons/explosives, is not unheard of, but at what point is it too much?

I don’t live in America and I don’t claim to have a solution for the pending threat of terrorism or how to implement effective airport security, but I have to wonder if this is a complete violation of human rights and freedoms.  Are solutions for terror ultimately a “catch 22”?  We’re damned if we do, and damned if we don’t?

I have to believe that this child was taught one of the earliest lessons a parent can teach: don’t talk to strangers and don’t let strangers touch you…this incident might have conditioned her to believe otherwise – sadly.

  1. momfog says:

    It is ridiculous. Every time I see something like this I think of the wonderful Benjamin Franklin quote:

    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

  2. Wow that is an amazing and very fitting quote!

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  4. midaevalmaiden says:

    That is so demeaning. A few more incidents like that and this little girl is going to learn to be cynical much too early in life. I dont even have kids but Im offended.

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