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A TSA agent’s pat-down of a child at the Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans has caused a major uproar. This video, posted on YouTube, shows a female TSA agent explaining the security procedure to the child’s mother Selena Drexel, and then subjecting 6-year-old Anna to an intense pat-down. Todd Drexel, Anna’s father, says Anna started to cry afterwards.

Marjorie Esman, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, questioned why the child wasn’t taken to a private area and whether the screening was necessary.  A TSA spokesman says after reviewing the incident that the agent did follow proper procedures.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, thinks a modified pat-down for children 12 and under may be necessary after a string of similar incidents.  There’s no word yet if there are efforts underway to change airport screenings for children.

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  1. David says:

    There has to be something in this world that is still private to the individual. A woman's (or man's) private areas should be sacred to them and those they decide to share with, and certainly no one else's business. Any organization should not be able to pass any rules stating otherwise. Does the government really think that the majority of Americans would rather give up this right than face a few crazy acts at home commited against us ? I was told that in China, if people are caught with drugs, they are killed. Guess what ?? No drug problems in China. Maybe we should be given the choice to kill people who would carry obvious explosive devices or weapons in an airport. Would we choose this alternative ?? Were we asked if we wanted to ??

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