Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's arrived at this: TSA pats down three-year-old

Following 9/11, airport security became an entirely different animal. What was once a tedious process has now become and invasion of personal space and liberty, argue many. In Chattanooga, Tenn., the way one Transportation Security Administration official handled a young child proves that the process is in need of revision, writes Hot Air. As seen on video, the TSA screener pats down the 3-year-old aggressively, despite the child’s screams.

Meltdown over teddy bear results in pat down by Transportation Security Administration

3-year old Many Simon had a pat down by Transportation Security Administration when she threw a fit following her teddy bear was taken at scanner checkpoint. She is the daughter of Houston TV news reporter Steve Simon. A huge fit with crying was what Mandy did here. The Transportation Security Administration said she needed a pat down and hand scanner, or a "closer inspection," because of this. Whether TSA officials had significant reason to believe that Mandy Simon was an explosives mule for al-Qaeda is unclear; such things have occurred with children and the mentally impaired in Iraq. Thus, the United States Department of Homeland Security mandates that such invasive procedures occur, despite their intensely unpopular standing with passengers and airport staff.

The incident video is fairly bad though. As Hot Air suggests, perhaps Transportation Security Administration could have taken mom and dad aside for questioning, to see if an inspection was truly necessary.

The United States could take a page from Israel’s book

According to reports, Israel has not had an airport security breach in decades. The TSA in the United States is not nearly as subtle or comprehensive as their methods are. It isn't necessary to have random sampling like this the Wall Street Journal suggests. In fact, the right training for TSA screeners would make a huge different. Hot Air explained that "Mugging random 3-year-olds" is something that would no longer take place. Searching a young child does not have to happen though. Instead they might consider redirecting the child's fear or anger to determine what is going on. Janet Napolitano and the TSA's images that are now really bad and might get better if there were proper training and proper attitudes with consumer service.

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TSA must learn how to work with children

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