Baby Receives Pat Down at Kansas City Airport (VIDEO)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted May 11th 2011 08:30 AM

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Albuquerque-bound passenger Jacob Jester was standing in the TSA line when he noticed a woman with her child who was about the same age as his son.

When he was passed security he turned around and noticed the woman had gotten held up by the TSA, Australian new site news.com.au reports.

Jester took at picture of the pat down and posted it to his Twitter account, with the message: "Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport. Pretty sure that's extreme."

The photo has sparked outrage and debate, and currently has been viewed 310,295 times.

Yet the TSA has maintained a policy of a "modified" pat down for children 12 or younger.

This isn't the first time a pat down of a child has sparked debate: In April, a 6-year old was given a pat down, fostering a heated discussion about TSA practices.

MSNBC spoke with Jester about his experience, and heard from the TSA about the particular incident.

WATCH the interview below:

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orphngv

tsa +priests=watch out kids!

August 05 2011 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
orphngv

can you imagine if priests started working for the tsa?....field day for them with all these young kids..i can picture them drooling like st bernards already

August 05 2011 at 11:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
hello Queenie

bet if it were a muslim family that baby wouldn't get patted down

July 26 2011 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lauras1world

This is such a pathetic routine!! The terrorists have clearly won. We are now scared to death of even old ladies in diapers and babies in diapers.

July 13 2011 at 8:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
mrbob1243

TSA is the most incompetent gov agency just like their great creator /moron GW Bush

June 27 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
windpeace1

ALL YOU EVERYONE LOVES FEAR....THERES BEEN NO NONE ZERO THREATS. THE TWIN TOWERS WERE A COVER UP... AND YOU ALL FELL FOR IT....

June 27 2011 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Charity

Talk about it, the government did very little to investigate 9/11....hmmmm, I wonder why? It''s also a known fact that when the economy is sinking presidents start wars, aka...FDR. Coporate America....Politics,,,it's all the same in this country. The love of money is the root of all evil! And no, I am not a liberal, but I am really upset that I was stupid enough to vote for W for re-election. MSNBC and GE are of the same business, and GE is making a ton of money from their equipment being used in this war. Don't even get me started on the costs of the airport security scanners. Don't people realize that corporations make a ton of money off of those items?

June 27 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Blarg 6.0

FDR started a war??? Oh my god...wow. That...that scares me. Why yes...Roosevelt started a war...I mean, it wasn't like we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. That whole thing? Just Michael Bay playing with this action figures! Why of course! Oh, and giving aide to the Brits because two sadistic tyrants were trying to control half of the world...actually that's false. Hitler was a good guy, wasn't he? I mean had FDR never "Started a war" I'm sure all Hitler would've done was exterminate millions of Jews and then go to Disneyland! Why yes! That must be! FDR is just crazy for having gotten into wars! Seriously...go read a book and grow some intelligence will you?

June 27 2011 at 9:48 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down
Kiki

@Blarg: A-Friggin-MEN!

@Charity: I'll bet you believe our presidents had no business sending aid to Iraq and Kuwait when Saddam Hussein was terrorizing them either. Granted, we've been there too long, but our hearts were in the right place, as is in evidence by the fact that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Kuwaiti people thanked us and still welcome us there.

And while I agree with the Big Corporation stuff, that may not have started in Japan, but they learned very well from us and took over. The recent earthquake gave them a setback, but they are still close to overtaking us in any and all kinds of tech and corporate stuff. Until the earthquake, we were practically second-world compared to Japan. Problem is, it's the second-world countries who become the most paranoid.

And that's what the TSA is: a sign of our government's paranoia.... and our society's, because if we didn't agree with our government on some level, we would never have allowed it to come to this point.

Let me hear you say, "Baaaaaaa!"

July 13 2011 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
jeaninemoneal

The child would be a security threat if someone concealed a weapon on the child (like in its diaper) and noone checked it. The parent could then whip out the weapon while in flight.

June 27 2011 at 4:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
kwbo187

If It Was Up To Me EVERYBODY Goes In The Back Room For A Cat Scan (NAKED) U CARRY NOTHING ON EXECPT CLOTHES,SPECIALY INTERNATIONAL"FLIGHTS,U DONT LIKE IT U DONT FLY" IS MY AIRLINE
AND ONLY BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED MUSLIM PEOPLE WILL NOT FLY AT ALL PERIOD NOT ABOVE U.S.A ITS NOT RACESIM ITS CALLED SMART/COMMON SENSE SORRY BUT NO OTHER RACES CAME UP WITH A BIG PLAN TO FLY/BOMB OUR DELACITE AREAS AND ANYBODY ELSE DOSE IT SAME FOR THEM
LETS SAY I WENT WHATEVER COUNTRY,WHATEVER RACE AND CAME UP WITH PLANS AND COMPLETE BLOWING UP UR DELACITE AREAS...AND WHATEVER PLAN I CAME UP WITH PLANE/CARBOMB/ WOULD U WANT ME TO KEEP ON COMING INTO UR COUNTRY WITH PLANE/CAR ECT.....COMMON SENSE I DONT CARE WHAT U THINK WHATEVERY RACE U ARE WHATEVER RACE I AM IS NOT THE CASE???

June 27 2011 at 2:49 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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s2kvondeutschland

People like you make me want to commit terrorist acts.

March 19 2012 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
martineztx75

I ment and great job TSA!!!

June 27 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
martineztx75

well jacob its people like you that we have **** like 911 happen. there are crazy people out there who would use their own children to do harm and it isnt till something bad happens that forces us to take caution. why not just take caution now and prevent deaths later. thats what i would do instead of waiting to lose loved ones. cause i bet if that baby was straped with a bomb or something and something happened you would say why wasnt the baby checked. so stop bitching and let people do their job that make it safer for you and everyone else to fly u ass...TSA keep doing what you doing and great good!!!!

June 27 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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