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Dad wasn't happy about TSA pat-downs for children

TSA Agents Pat Down Children

A perturbed father recorded TSA agents as they patted down his children, ages 2 and 6. A male agent patted down the little boy while a female agent patted down the older girl.


'The TSA saying it was necessary because the kids came in contact with their dad after he had already been selected for a security check.'

The father says the TSA gave the pat downs in a "rude manner," though the video shows the TSA agents weren't using any sort of force. Instead, they were heard talking gently to the children and explaining what they were doing. One agent even said the 6-year-old girl was "so sweet."

But negative reactions have still been appearing in social media, and a debate over the TSA's actions (predictably) turned nasty in the YouTube comments.

It's not clear exactly where or when the patdown took place, although the video was uploaded April 18. The father's name has not been released, but he mentioned in his YouTube post that he's normally singled out because of it.

According to TravelersToday, the TSA says it has modified the screening procedures for kids younger than 12 in an attempt to reduce "the likelihood of a pat-down."

"The TSA supposedly changed its policy for patting down children in 2011 following an incident in which a video showed a 6-year-old girl getting a full-body pat down by a TSA officer in New Orleans."

The YouTube video has gotten more than 53,000 views since it was posted.

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Robert April 23 2014 at 6:22 PM

I see bare feet; not a good idea. Always wear socks.

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blueeyessing April 23 2014 at 7:46 PM

"It's not clear exactly where or when the patdown took place..."
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Just because YouTube shows the video was uploaded recently does not mean that it is a new one....this could have been filmed 3 years ago for all we know. We also do not know why the father was pulled aside for an extra security check. Much Ado About Nothing.

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warhoop April 23 2014 at 5:05 PM

The same people that complain aabout security measures being to strict are the ones who will be scraming we did not do enough when the next attack occurs. Remeber they are out there waiting until we back off and let them in. Im not paranoid but there are groups who say they do not like the US and will be happy to cause us harm

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kupiec8 warhoop April 23 2014 at 5:08 PM

that's right. These factions would love to plant a bomb in a garbage can and watch your kids blow up at the bus stop because they are Americans . that's why we get patted down in line.

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REDS warhoop April 23 2014 at 5:13 PM

I so agree...........they cry about security, but if it happens...........they want pay back, military action, and everything else....

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kupiec8 REDS April 23 2014 at 5:18 PM

Yep --- then they will say the Gov't wastes money on useless wars ... they want everything --- can't have it unfortunately ...

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pschnatz33 April 24 2014 at 9:25 AM

He could of let them clime over the airport fence and then ride in the wheel well of the plane

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kupiec8 pschnatz33 April 24 2014 at 9:34 AM

learn how to spell --- it's CLIMB ....... and the kid should have been shot and killed the minute the fence was breached. bye bye stowaway

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James Elliott April 24 2014 at 9:29 AM

I have never had one of these patdowns. Nope it is not because I look like a good guy. I haven't been on a plane since the 1970's and won't be getting on one anytime soon. If I need or want to go somewhere I will drive and take my chances sharing the road with the many Idiots that are allowed to drive.

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kupiec8 James Elliott April 24 2014 at 9:35 AM

Take a chance on the road with drunk drivers and weed smoking potheads ????? NO thanks -- I'll fly !!!!!!!

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Robert April 24 2014 at 9:32 AM

Do you really think you're going to fly and not get patted down? Common...
The TSA wasn't wrong- sorry dad, get over yourself. No sympathy here.

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jgesselberty April 24 2014 at 9:33 AM

When I fly, and am screened, I thank the officers afterwards for being thorough, and caring about my safety.

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jsim6974 April 24 2014 at 6:10 AM

Nothing unusual here. Move on people.

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Cathy April 24 2014 at 9:39 AM

Oh get over it Dad!! When there are certain groups the don't get patted down, THAT'S the group that these sickos who do bad things are going to put the illegal stuff on - assuming they'll sneak it through. They have no morals. The don't care about killing themselves or others so why should they care about hiding things on their children. Too bad!!! Pat down Everybody!! You fly? You get patted down. Deal with it or stay home!!

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kostas April 24 2014 at 9:41 AM

This guy is a horses you know what, Why you cant hide things on you kids,

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