CW39 TV & CNN & Fox 9 TV & Fox 2 News & MoxNews.com & WABC & YouTube – 2010-11-17 22:00:47
TSA Pats Down a Screaming Toddler
San Francisco Chronicle
NOTE: The video of this TV news report was deleted a few hours after it was posted on the EAW website. The deleted video showed a large woman in a TSA uniform as she began to pat-search the three-year-old child. At one point, the TSA agent could be seen holding a truncheon-shaped device in one hand — presumably a metal-detecting wand. The little girl began to cringe and cry out. After the mother picked up the crying child to comfort her, the TSA agent continued to reach out, grabbing and stroking the child’s legs as the little girl kicked, cried and screamed, “Don’t touch me!”
(November 17, 2010) — You might think a 3-year-old would whiz through security. A child is non-threatening, wears slip-on shoes, and carries little luggage.
Not the case for Mandy Simon who was passing through security with her dad at the airport in Chattanooga, Tenn.
A TSA employee gave Mandy the pat down and she started screaming and kicking her legs. Her dad, Steve, happens to be a TV reporter and caught 17 seconds of the ordeal on his cell phone (watch video).
Why was Mandy searched in the first place? She started crying when she was asked to put her teddy bear through the X-ray machine. This made it difficult for her to walk calmly through the metal detector and she set the machine off twice, which meant she “must be hand-searched.”
If the TSA is going to search kids, maybe they need a little training on how to do it — or at least employees should have a few lollipops or stickers in their pockets.
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