Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Tsa Baby Pat down Photographer

A baby allegedly receiving a pat-down by airport security has ignited debate over whether screening procedures have gone too far.
The photo tweeted by Rev. Jacob Jester was taken at the Kansas City International Airport Saturday after he cleared security.
The photo shows a baby - only a few months old - is held by a woman and searched by two Transportation Security Administration agents. The family in question has not been identified.
"Just saw # tsa agents in a small petting baby @ KCIAirport pretty sure that's extreme," Jester tweeted.
The baby's stroller off an alarm during a screening for explosives, the TSA said.
Although the Kansas City Airport makes use of screening agents of Primary Transportation Security, a company used by the TSA, they still meet TSA guidelines.
The TSA the following statement following the screening:
"TSA has reviewed the screening of this family and determined that the appropriate officials of the current screening procedures. Per protocol, officers had to conduct extra screening on the family after the child's stroller alarmed when explosives screening followed. The family was very cooperative and the process was completed without incident. "
The TSA has said that children are not excluded from the security screening and that the agency is reviewing ways to improve the procedures for "low-risk populations, including younger passengers."
Travelers have different opinions on the measures taken at the airport.
Better safe than sorry ..., "Richard Kolie passenger told ABC News affiliate KMBC Kansas City." Parents are cooperative and did not seem to bother. There are many crazies in the world and you never know what will happen. "
"It seemed kind of pushy, but in this day and time and what the world I can understand," Beaty Pamela told KMBC. "On the other hand, if that was my baby, I'm not sure I could handle it .
Still, Jester felt the pat-down too far.
"An 8-month-old is not a threat to the aircraft or national security. I am grateful for the willingness of TSA and the desire to protect, but I believe in this case was extreme," said Jester the Kansas City Star .


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