Only TSA Can Touch You This Way

ABC News reports on the TSA’s invasive pat down of a six-year-old girl, complete with hands along the thighs and inside the waist-band. (Video at the link.)

The Drexels said they stood powerless, watching as their daughter was patted down.

“I did ask for alternatives, I asked for her to be rescanned,” Selena Drexel said. “They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do.” . . .

The girl’s father said that while his daughter was polite and respectful during the screening, she broke down into tears afterwards. . . .

“We struggle to teach our kids to protect themselves, to say ‘no, it’s not ok to touch me in this way in this area,” the girl’s mother, Selena Drexel, said. “Yet here we are saying it’s ok for these people.” If we don’t find other ways we’re making them more vulnerable, she said.

The TSA says the relevant officers were following the applicable procedures.

A video taken of one of our officers patting down a six year-old has attracted quite a bit of attention. Some folks are asking if the proper procedures were followed. Yes. TSA has reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures.