Child selected for pat down; Mother says inappropriate
Updated: Thursday, 14 Apr 2011, 9:54 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 14 Apr 2011, 9:54 PM CDT
The issue has come up recently because of this video, posted on YouTube.
It shows a six-year old girl being frisked by a Transportation Safety Administration agent.
Her mother caught the incident on camera.
Selena Drexel says the family had already walked through a body scanning machine. But that her daughter was apparently picked at random for a pat-down.
More than being unnecessary, Drexel felt the experience was very inappropriate for a child.
“When it was over and the camera was off, she got very weepy, she began to cry, you know, she was apologetic, ‘I’m sorry Mommy, I don’t know what I did wrong, I don’t know why they’re mad at me,” said Selena Drexel, mother of six-year-old child.
“A six-year-old child should not be subjected to this kind of treatment in the first place, if there’s no reason to suspect her or her parents of being criminals,” said Marjorie Esman, American Civil Liberties Union.
“Given these times, you do have to do that. Because some people do use their children in a way that is horrible,” said Daniel Amos, who is a frequent flier.
In a statement, the Transportation Safety Administration said the federal officer in question followed proper procedure. But that the agency is now reviewing its screening policies, specifically those for low-risk populations, like children.
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