TSA Modifying Pat Downs For Children (POLL)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted Jun 22nd 2011 01:00 PM



Pistole cited foreign terrorism as one reason the agency is working on a new method, saying that terrorists outside the U.S. have used children as young as 10 as suicide bombers in the past.

Yet, the TSA has failed thus far to find a method to pat down children without inducing public outrage.

In April, a 6-year old girl was given a pat down at the New Orleans airport. The incident was caught on video and went viral, causing vast public debate on the need to pat down children.

Check out the video, which discusses the recent change, below.


TSA Revises Child Pat-Down Policy

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Security is necessary but leave infants and small children alone. These "agents" are not educated in child psychology. In fact they aren't in most cases educated beyond high school, and realistically could traumatize a small child for life. Most children are taught to never let a stranger touch them and yet at an airport a stranger "touches" them all over with parents watching. What kind of mixed message is that to the child?

August 06 2011 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I accidentally got through a DC airport security check with my shoes on and my friend a pair of scissors, and nobody even noticed. But then some kids are being throughly examined? What a joke. As to the individual who said they'd like to go stark naked in a hospital gown, get some help. This really isn't necessary. With the money they're spending on this bull puckey, they could hire an FBI or police officer to man every plane, and promote public activism. i.e. if some guy is acting funny, don't let it go. Like Smokey the Bear and fires, YOU TOO can prevent terrorism.

August 06 2011 at 3:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone is going to whine and complain about the TSA "groping" everyone until they change all of the rules and that is when the terrorists will get in and hurt people. Then everyone will whine and complain that the TSA didn't do their job.... QUIT COMPLANING ABOUT EVERYTHING.... I have 4 kids and I would have no problem with the pat down as long as is it done correctly.

July 16 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Except that there has never been an incident here of terrorists using children or the elderly to smuggle bombs on board. TSA agents need to use common sense and patting down young children and elderly women is not the way. THere is no evidence that these procedures have made us any safer-just the government telling us it does. Recent events have shown that terrorists are now more focused on carg, as witnessed by the copy toner cartriges filled with explosives. There is the real danger at present and we were spared from that tragedy not be the TSA or pattdowns or giving people too amny X-rays but by the government of a foreign country alerting us to the potential problem.

July 14 2011 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How can we be assured that the TSA agents are not child predators? Just because they do not have a sexual conviction on their record does not mean the TSA Agents are not getting their jollies by "touching" our children. We are supposed to protect our children from this type of behavior and yet, our Government is allowing it. What is next....strip searches in elementary schools?

July 13 2011 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have you ever seen a kid used as a bomb before? Or seen corpse of dead animal explode? Happens more than you think. Especially countries outside of the US. The terrorism can and will use anything thing they can to hurt and kill those that oppose them. Wonder who is protecting the airport? Not the flyer for sure.

July 13 2011 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Someone please tell me how we stop someone from melting down a plastic coffee lid into a deadly shank? This can be done in under ONE MINUTE. Do we ban coffee lids too? Most everything the stewardess hands out can be melted down to a shank. You're all so foolish....

June 28 2011 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's next ? Any male will have a proctoscopy to make sure youn are not hidijng a bomb in your rectum and the women will get a pap smear to find out whether they are hiding a bomb inside their vagina ?
Hope they wore gloves...lol

June 28 2011 at 1:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You IDIOTS who whine and cry about the TSA practices should instead be focused on the damn terrorists who make this a VERY necessary part of life. When the suicide bombers are actively trying to set their crotch on fire, or light their shoes to explode and kill those very same elderly and infant flyers, what in hell do you think will stop them????? Tough s---t, if you can't stand a THOROUGH pat down, or whatever security measures the TSA believes necessary to keep me safe on my flights, the PLEASE do NOT get on the plane with me. I look forward to the day when we will be required to strip down, and wear hospital like gowns supplied by the airlines to fly. If that bothers you, GO GREYHOUND.

June 27 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
5 replies to Melanie's comment

This country has become the biggest joke in airport security; I fly weekly and get pat downs and see it all. It is absolutely ridiculous! Why in the world should we tell kids that it is ok for "People that work at airports," can touch them but not outside of airports! It is going to confuse them! There is no reason a TSA person needs to pat down a kid and the same for the elderly. Fricken ridiculous, I will not let this happen. We need to we teach them that people should never touch their private areas and then allow some TSA to do so. This is demeaning for children!!! Bring back profiling. We tell our kids that it's never ok for people to touch them in a way that makes them uncomfortable. I dread when we’re going to the airport for vacation!!! Don't touch my children

June 27 2011 at 12:49 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply