After public outcry over this video of a 6-year-old girl receiving a thorough pat-down from a TSA agent, which we posted yesterday (gleaning more than 100 comments), the TSA and Congress are promising to look at their policies for screening small children, reports the Washington Post.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a main critic of TSA’s screening policies, is asking TSA chief John Pistole to explain why a young child was inspected so thoroughly when, he says, TSA’s explicit policy is “not to conduct thorough pat-downs on children under the age of 13.” (Currently screeners are supposed to use a “modified” pat down for kids 12 and younger.)
The TSA has said that the agent in the video acted appropriately, but that they will review their policies. Via AOL News, “The agency is exploring ways to ‘move beyond a one-size fits all system.'”
The video was taken by the girl’s parents, Selena and Todd Drexel, in the New Orleans airport as they were on their way home to Kentucky. Todd Drexel told Good Morning America that his daughter Anna “was confused by the search and started crying afterward because she thought she’d done something wrong.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 13, 2011