First, a TSO began yelling at my child, and demanded she too must sit down and await a full body pat-down. I was prevented from coming any closer, explaining the situation to her, or consoling her in any way. My daughter, who was dressed in tight leggings, a short sleeve shirt and mary jane shoes, had no pockets, no jacket and nothing in her hands. The TSO refused to let my daughter pass through the scanners once more, to see if she too would set off the alarm. It was implied, several times, that my Mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.
My child, who was obviously terrified, had no idea what was going on, and the TSOs involved still made no attempt to explain it to her. When they spoke to her, it was devoid of any sort of compassion, kindness or respect. They told her she had to come to them, alone, and spread her arms and legs. She screamed, “No! I don’t want to!” then did what any frightened young child might, she ran the opposite direction.
That is when a TSO told me they would shut down the entire airport, cancel all flights, if my daughter was not restrained. It was then they declared my daughter a “high-security-threat”.
Two TSOs were following her and again I was told to have no contact with my child. At this point, I was beyond upset, I disregarded what the TSO had said to me, and I ran to my daughter. I picked her up. I hugged her. I tried to comfort her…
I was forced to set my child down, they brought her into a side room to administer a pat-down, I followed. My sweet four-year-old child was shaking and crying uncontrollably, she did not want to stand still and let strangers touch her… A TSO began repeating that in the past she had “seen a gun in a teddy bear.” The TSO seemed utterly convinced my child was concealing a weapon, as if there was no question about it. Worse still, she was treating my daughter like she understood how dangerous this was, as if my daughter was not only a tool in a terrorist plot, but actually in on it. The TSO loomed over my daughter, with an angry grimace on her face, and ordered her to stop crying. When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying “The suspect is not cooperating.” The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist…
How many times has the TSA promised that they would stop molesting children at airports? That parents would never be separated from their children? That their employees would be more sensitive when working with children? That the public won’t be treated like “suspects?”
This is an agency that cannot — does not — tell the truth. It has made no progress in any of the regards it has claimed it would. Instead, the abuse keeps flowing harder and faster. It absolutely amazes me that a parent has not become violent with a TSA screener after abusing their child or demanding separation from their child. In no other place would a parent put up with this shit.
For more details on this article and a picture of the little princess/suspect, Amy Alkon did a great write-up.
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We have got to hold congress’s feet to the fire about the abuse of power by DHS/TSA. Terrorizing a 4-year old does not make us safe, but tolerating it makes us stupid.
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(sigh) I get sick when I see a video of a child looking suspiciously at a TSA groper, and the parent is trying to coax the kid to submitting to the groping. It is just plain wrong.
I don’t know what is worse – people who allow this done to their kids. Or the people who keep electing the evil people that created and enabled this agency to begin with.
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fire these TSA scum bags, shut down this goon squad and stop allowing them to violate civil rights ! The tsa is a sad statement about our country! this is alice in wonderland crap!
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I hope that TSO gets fired and a pineapple rammed up their kiester. Repeatedly.
Awful. It’s frustrating that there’s just not much anything anyone can do – parents, especially, are placed in a difficult position. You can complain, sure. I’ve done that, and taken my complaints as high up the chain as I can go. But TSA steadfastly refuses to acknowledge their own wrong-doing, and protects its own rather than dealing with the very real problem they have on their hands.
There is plenty we can do! We must not assume this has no remedy. Our families are being m o l e s t e d in the major airports!!! TSA is an unprofessional, arrogant, and patently illegal organization. WE THE PEOPLE do not need the legal system or the courts or the cops to defend our liberty. I challenge e v e r y o n e to take their own personal initiative in compelling the abolition of the Transportation Safety Administration. If not, we will eventually have our own modern-day Gestapo molesting us in the streets. WAKE UP A M E R I C A .
Yes, Yes, Yes there is something you and every other parent and traveler can do, Stop Flying. If you stop flying it will hit in the pocketbook and money talks. One week of a National boycott would be all it would take and changes would happen swiftly. Boycott all non emergency air travel.
Are we now w a k e to the fact that the United States Congress does NOT represent our life, liberty and property? How many Congressmen get their children m o l e s t e d in an airport terminal? N O N E of them! WAKE UP AMERICA!
here is another story, also sad and creepy! tsa is a goon squad of thugs!
Hey Jonathan! Check out my brief and article, Lawsuits against the TSA share a theme: They are filed in the wrong court:
Your case is listed as one of the cases that didn’t survive the trial level. If you like it, would you share it? Thanks! ( :
Though the courts have thus far not allowed district court suits, the reason why my lawsuit was there is because the Court of Appeals cannot offer a constitutionally fair trial for many reasons. I am currently in the appeals process. You can read more about my case earlier on this blog.
Absolutely! I am well aware of the reasons why congress doesn’t want a jury to tackle the TSA. ( :
What really kills me is that reps like Jason Chaffetz, who claim to be “fighting” TSA, are really writing bills that just do a “kindler, gentler” job of robbing of us our freedoms. For example, he introduced a bill last year that would have required parental supervision for a child getting groped, when it is just plain wrong for the groping to ever occur. If he really wanted to oppose TSA he’d be calling TSA out on its BS.
Unless Everyone Boycotts all non-emergency travel we are stuck with the TSA. We must have at least one week of a National Boycott. Is anyone organizing? National!
Boycott Flying and We Won’t Fly have been trying to do that since 2010. It is easier to herd cats than to get Americans to willingly stop flying for even a week. They are so hellbent to get to the sports arena by train or to fly to Orlando and get to Disney World and see Mickey Mouse that they have no clue what rights they have given up by consenting to non-probable cause searches.
It is so terribly sad, because an effective non-work and non-emergency travel moratorium could bring DHS and TSA to its knees.
I decided not to fly again after I got my luggage ripped apart and chemically swabbed for an hour on Christmas Day 2009. Others have been boycotting much, much longer.
I have heard that TSA is now doing secondary pat down screenings at the gates -AFTER you already passed through security. There are no security cameras here, which is concerning. How are they able to do this? I thought they only had juristiction within the security screening area.
God help me if these thugs ever treat my child that way; if they do, I’ll end up either dead or in prison.