Outrageous Texas Mom Films 'Traumatizing' TSA Pat-Down of Disabled Son
A Texas mother is livid after she says the TSA at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport gave her disabled son a "horrifying" and "traumatizing" pat-down.
Jennifer Williamson claims her son Aaron, who suffers from sensory processing disorder, was patted down even though she had requested that TSA officers use other methods of screening him because touching him would upset him.
She said they were detained for more than an hour despite not setting off any alarms.
Williamson filmed the pat-down and posted the video to Facebook, where it has since received nearly five million views.
The footage shows Aaron being patted down very slowly for two minutes by a male TSA officer.
"These power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause need to be reined in," Williamson wrote on Facebook.
Williamson said Aaron was "patted down excessively."
"They went over his sensitive areas a little more than necessary," she told CBS, Trace Gallagher reported.
While TSA said it followed all rules during the pat-down, it appears to most that private areas were included, despite TSA's assurance that its protocols do not mandate genital screenings, Gallagher said.
The TSA claimed that it followed approved procedures to "resolve an alarm of the passenger's laptop," and the two were only held for 45 minutes, not an hour.
"The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates," the agency told the Dallas News.
"Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process."
The TSA responded to the incident later Tuesday, saying in a blog post:
TSA screening procedures allow for the pat-down of children under certain circumstances. In this instance, a laptop alarmed the explosives trace detection machine, which requires additional screening to resolve the alarm.
TSA screens thousands of families every day, and our officers are trained to communicate with parents, explain screening procedures before they begin, and find the best way to get everyone to their plane safely and efficiently. Many of our officers are parents too.
All of our procedures are based on current intelligence and our adversaries are always looking for ways to inflict harm, including recruiting young children to carry out attacks. Bottom-line is that passengers, including children, and their property are screened prior to boarding a plane and any security alarms must be resolved.
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