Saturday, November 20, 2010

Breaking: New TSA Outrage... Strip Searching Children? Update: TSA responds

Latest post on this topic here.

Dislaimer: I don't know the context, and I don't know if this video is legitimate, but here it is and it doesn't look good:

Does this make the public safer?

Stay tuned, updates will follow.

A disturbing video surfaced on Friday night showing what appears to be a TSA agent strip searching a young boy, with his father standing nearby. The video, which was uploaded to Youtube by user lukemtait, was filmed while a boy was randomly selected to undergo a random security check.

The video’s description read, “Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn’t set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn’t complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn’t end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn’t hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins.”

Addendum: TSA Responds (11/22)...
"On November 19, a family was traveling through a TSA checkpoint at the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Their son alarmed the walk through metal detector and needed to undergo secondary screening. The boy’s father removed his son’s shirt in an effort to expedite the screening. After our TSO completed the screening, he helped the boy put his shirt back on. That’s it. No complaints were filed and the father was standing by his son for the entire procedure."

Aside from some subjective descriptors, the only difference between the two accounts is the fact that the child set off the metal detector. TSA’s account points out that “no complaints were filed,” but that obviously doesn’t mean no one complained.
This is cold comfort from the TSA. The new screening protocols are so invasive, people are stripping down to avoid gropes and radiation. If you don't take off your clothes, the TSA is going in anyway.

Update II: John at Verum Serum takes note.

Update IV: Comments at The Lonely Conservative

Update V: TSA pat-down leaves cancer survivor covered in urine

Update VI: Gateway Pundit: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Update VII: C
hildren being strip searched for weapons of mass destruction:

Now a video has emerged that shows TSA officials virtually strip-searching a young boy in full view of the public.

It is not clear where the incident took place, but the video was uploaded to Youtube today.

It shows a boy who appears to be less than ten years old with his shirt removed while a male TSA official runs his fingers up and down his legs as well as inside the waistband of his pants.

The child is eventually allowed to put his shirt back on and continue towards his flight and we are all safer because of it.

Or are we?

Update VIII: "The individual TSA agent is technically not allowed to make any tough calls. He must simply implement policy, regardless of the result. This strikes freedom-loving individualists as stupid and cowardly. It makes us mad. Ironically, these policies do not stop agents from using their discretion. All it does is cover their butts whenever they choose to more strictly enforce the policy than they usually do."

Related discussion at Memeorandum.

X-posted at Left Coast Rebel

Exit comment: I've canceled plans for my upcoming long distance trip. I will NOT take my child to an airport until this nightmare is over.

Update: Linked at NoOneOfAnyImport. Thanks!


Adrienne said...

I just saw that over at the Lonely Conservative. It is seriously disturbing.

Mark Adams said...

I too have added this to my post on "$11K fine, Arrest Possible Who Refuse Airport Scans and Pat Downs"

Chris Wysocki said...

On the plus side TSA didn't parade the kid through the airport in his underwear, so they've got that going for them.