No matter how justifiable the Transportation Security Administration likes to make their actions seem, one can’t help but scratch their head in disbelief and disgust. These officers are in the limelight yet again for feeling up little kids all in the name of national security.
Now, I know it goes without saying that these highly trained shining stars on a hill are always acting in good faith. Not once have we discovered an agent stealing ipads or giving 7 year olds with cerebral palsy enhanced pat-downs.
So, here’s the story of an “uncooperative” suspect stuck in a 4 year old’s body stemming from a Wichita, Kansas airport:
The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.
The Transportation Security Administration is defending its agents, despite new procedures aimed at reducing pat-downs of children.
The child’s grandmother, Lori Croft, told The Associated Press that Brademeyer and her daughter, Isabella, initially passed through security at the Wichita airport without incident. The girl then ran over to briefly hug Croft, who was awaiting a pat-down after tripping the alarm, and that’s when TSA agents insisted the girl undergo a physical pat-down.
Isabella had just learned about “stranger danger” at school, her grandmother said, adding that the girl was afraid and unsure about what was going on.
“She started to cry, saying ‘No I don’t want to,’ and when we tried talking to her she ran,” Croft said. “They yelled, ‘We are going to shut down the airport if you don’t grab her.’”
Of course, the TSA gives the same spiel like always explaining:
“TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child,” the agency said.
Hopefully at some point this poor excuse for a federal agency will remove their heads from that one dark place and actually take some accountability. Can’t really think of a time where this band of miscreants has genuinely apologized for their actions without sugarcoating the circumstances.
All one can see here is conditioning at its worst. Who knows what security measures the NSA will try to implement in the future by Elena Kagan’s mutant half sister. Janet Napolitano.