The Consumerist: 4-Year-Old Gets TSA Pat-Down Following Hug From Grandma

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Doober, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

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  2. I was just coming over to post this one. How about this one, Ciarin? SOP violation or no?

    This "don't touch your children" business is one of the most sinister parts of the screening procedure, IMO. People should never, ever comply. I can't see how it's remotely legal to nullify parental rights during an administrative search, particularly for very young children like this.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Why people quite flying ...

    The Consumerist: 4-Year-Old Gets TSA Pat-Down Following Hug From Grandma

    A manager intervened and they were "cleared". The perverts then tailed them through the airport and ambushed them again at the gate.
  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Already posted...
  5. Also noted this in the story:

    The suspect? What cop show did this clerk think she was on? Talk about playing cop.

    This supports my "guilty until proven innocent" postulate.
  6. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Seems to be a spate of assaults on children. I've suspected that the child groping has continued and, if so, it's good that they're getting exposed.

    I have to admit that I was surprised that TSA is back reciting the "...our screeners followed proper procedures..." BS. There for awhile they were feigning some concern for passengers. Recidivism is a common trait amongst professional criminals though.
  7. It seems like they did stop for a while. Reports from the field indicate that young kids are sent through the WTMD even when everybody else goes in the scanner. If this and the boy with the insulin pump represent a larger trend, it seems like sure, kids get a pass and go through the metal detector, but the second they fall out of line (which kids are prone to doing), the full force of the TSA comes down hard on them. Could it be that policy (or screener "wisdom") says, "Let the kids through the WTMD, but watch those punks like hawks! Now that we can't stick our hands down their pants, we're sitting ducks! Kids are now the contraband mules of choice!" (?)
  8. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I would have let them shut down the whole damn airport! A mother can't comfort a frightened 4 year old? Over my dead body!
  9. Can you imagine if they shut down the entire terminal over this?? That would have been priceless.
  10. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    This is everything you need to know about TSA.

    Now, as bad as TSA is in general, and as much as this story is believable, at this point we should remember that the truth always lies somewhere between the 2 sides of every story.

    That said, I have no reason to believe that this story is fabricated or embellished in any way because of how TSA reacts to the most mundane of things.

    Indeed, the TSA is all about power and control, and nothing more. Whether you're a 4 year old or a terrorist, if you aren't "under control" you are a danger to society. Which, of course, goes to prove how stupid TSA is from top down. A terrorist is going to smile and be the nicest, most unnoticeable person in line. I know when I've tried to sneak through with contraband, I'm nice as pie, "Thanks for keeping us safe! I don't know why people say mean things, you're just doing your job, right? I wish you guys were everywhere! You're a real blessing to this country. Thanks for your patriotic service!" And I sail right through, no questions asked, contraband in tow. It's so easy, it's embarassing.

    Of course, I quickly head to the bathroom to vomit, but if they can't figure out that's what a terrorist would do, and they haven't, they're morons, which they are.
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  11. I realized this as hard fact when I read that they considered taser bracelets for all passengers a few years ago.
  12. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    :confused:Huh??? Say what?? Link please?
  13. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I read stories like this and my blood boils! This just recharges me in my efforts to effect change, in whatever ways possible.
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  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I'm not. It was inevitable. At least they've admitted that forcibly separating family members and shouting at children until they cry are actually part of their official procedures.
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  15. Monica47

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  16. DeafBlonde

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  17. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    This shows the thug squad to be utterly devoid of any normal human feeling whatsoever:

    A four year old child is suffering full blown PTS syndrome as a result of the TSA thug squad's indecent assault on her right to be secure in her person against unreasonable searches and seizures.

    Obama, Holder, Napolitano and Pistole are the worst traitors this nation has ever known. Their relentless quest to destroy the American people's self-respect is going to create a horrific backlash.
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  18. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  19. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    How are you supposed to "control" your child when you aren't allowed anywhere near them nor are you allowed to speak to them? And why have so many parents spent so much time warning their children about not speaking to strangers and not allowing somebody to touch their private places if this sort of crap is being done at the hands of the TSA?
  20. Affection

    Affection Original Member

    I don't understand how a TSA screener has not been seriously beaten yet. I don't have kids, but if I did, NO ONE would forcibly distance me from them. I don't care how many airports you threaten to close.

    As glad as I am that the family exposed this story, I am disgusted that they allowed the incident to proceed. Was it worth "making the flight?"

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