TSA loves getting in hot water; invasive security checks on terrified 3 year old toddler in wheel chair on his way to Disney
(Source: Daily Mail, UK)
Seriously, TSA should exercise some discretion when it comes to these pat downs. Interestingly, the video shows it was filmed during Spring 2010 at O’Hare in Chicago, and let’s hope TSA has changed some of its invasive procedures at least when it comes to kids. The look on the little boy’s face is really disheartening and the parent is doing all he can to assure the kid that it is all okay. Not sure what prompted the swabbing for explosive residues but it seems a bit too excessive given the age of the toddler. One may argue that TSA is simply doing their job and is just ensuring the safety of the flying public by subjecting everyone through the same batter of tests. But I think the swabs for a 3 years old is still a bit too much. The only saving grace here is that the TSA officer was as nice as he can be to the little kid and was not rushing or doing things that will spook the kid more upset/terrified than he already is.