Infants allegedly targeted because mother’s name was on a watchlist
Source: Paul Joseph Watson
Disturbing new video footage shows TSA agents performing full body pat downs on two infants aged just 2 and 6 years old, illustrating how the federal agency still targets children despite a partial rollback of the policy in 2011.
The clip begins with the two year old instinctively moving away from a blue-gloved TSA screener who starts performing a full body pat down on the nervous toddler while he is held in place by his mother.
The video then shows a 6-year-old girl receiving the same treatment as a female TSA agent touches her backside, the inside of her thighs and around her chest. The child appears to say something like, “I need to go” and is clearly uncomfortable with the pat down.
After both pat downs, the TSA agents announce they will check their hands for signs of explosives before the family is allowed through security.
The description underneath the video suggests that the children were selected for a pat down because their mother’s name was on a watchlist. “Can they do that,” she asks.
In response to a huge backlash, the TSA amended its policy in 2011 to massively reduce pat downs of children under the age of 12. Infants are allowed to pass through x-ray or body scanners multiple times if there is any anomaly in order to prevent the need for a physical search. However, on its official website the TSA says that the change only “reduces the likelihood of a pat-down,” and doesn’t eliminate it altogether.
However, during a recent controversy involving actor Alec Baldwin’s 5 month old daughter allegedly receiving a TSA pat down (the pat down was actually not conducted by TSA agents), reports about the incident cited a DHS official who said that, “The TSA does not pat down children under 12.”
The video description clearly suggests that the children were given a pat down without first being allowed to pass repeatedly through x-ray scanners to clear the issue, and in fact that there was no issue with the children at all because it was the mother’s name appearing on a watchlist that prompted the pat down. If this is the case, it represents a violation of the TSA’s own policy.
In a more general context, the video serves as yet another reminder of the numerous idiotic policies employed by the TSA which do nothing to target potential terrorists and everything to harass and inconvenience innocent travelers.
The clip will also stoke concerns that the entire concept of children being taught not to allow strangers to touch them is being violated by the actions of the TSA.