It’s come to this: Six-year-old gets TSA patdown

posted at 7:58 pm on April 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Fox Nation, here’s the best idea that the richest, most technologically advanced country in the history of the world can come up with to guard against the slight — but real — risk of children being used as mules for weapons. And believe it or not, it could have been worse. From an item on the TSA Blog posted last November:

Myth: All children will receive pat-downs.
Fact: TSA officers are trained to work with parents to ensure a respectful screening process for the entire family, while providing the best possible security for all travelers. Children 12 years old and under who require extra screening will receive a modified pat down.

It doesn’t look real “modified,” frankly. But that’s the bad news. The good news is that the feds finally figured out that it’s better to stop people affiliated with terrorist groups from boarding a plane in the first place than to let ’em board and question them when the plane lands. Great to hear, coming just … 10 years after 9/11. Hopefully by the 20th we’ll have figured out a way to check pre-schoolers for bombs without patting down their crotches.

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I sure felt better knowing that he had gone through a rigorous screening to get onto the aircraft.

AZfederalist on April 11, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Intrusive, humiliating, unconstitutional and rigorous? Yes.

Affective anti-terrorism? No.

Slowburn on April 12, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Job applications from pervs to the TSA will skyrocket!
I wonder how many swarthy folks from “Countries of Interest” just waltzed on through while the security-folks were molesting that poor-little girl?

Thank you ACLU!

If I had a say, you would have to take your families through these screenings 5 or 6 times every day.

shorebird on April 12, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I sure felt better knowing that he had gone through a rigorous screening to get onto the aircraft.

AZfederalist on April 11, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Intrusive, humiliating, unconstitutional and rigorous? Yes.

Affective anti-terrorism? No.

Slowburn on April 12, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Umm, sorry about that, I forgot to add the /sarc tag to that part of my comment. I have no doubt that as soon as the TSA agents heard his accent and saw his name, they waved him right through without a further cursory glance for fear of being called racist and islamophobic.

AZfederalist on April 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM

… and I doubt he was subjected to anything even approaching intrusive or humiliating.

AZfederalist on April 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM

I feel safer already…..

Let’s keep on pretending that 95-99% of terror attacks aren’t carried out by Muslims so we can be politically correct and not make anyone safer….

Thank God I don’t fly.

Yakko77 on April 12, 2011 at 1:12 AM

This is what a bunch of ragheads have done to this country…pathetic.

leftnomore on April 12, 2011 at 4:50 AM

Let’s unionize them!

MNHawk on April 12, 2011 at 6:34 AM

Good for the TSA, sure it’s rigorous, but necessary.

In the next decade the TSA will probably catch twice the terrorists they’ve caught since 9/11.

What is 2 * 0 again? Yeah, that’s my bet for the terrorists they catch in the next decade.

Wouldn’t you support having kids groped in public so we can catch these 2 * 0 terrorists? Or do you want to see how many that really is?

Oh… anything * 0 = 0? Damn, math IS hard.

So, a .00001% chance of dying; or having hundreds (thousands?) of kids groped in public… what is your choice? This isn’t really “gun to your head, let me grope your kids” here is it?

What would you like to think you’d do in that situation? And what do you do here? If you give in to this, you’ll give in to anything for any minimal threat, won’t you?

I called my CongressCritters (one is working on this, the other two never get my vote again), I called my airline and let them know that I refuse to fly; and I actually refuse to fly.

Barring adding more criminal activity to this criminal activity; I don’t see any other options here.

gekkobear on April 12, 2011 at 8:15 AM

So basically, have your child wear a headscarf for a free pass or else they get groped. Got it.

John Deaux on April 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM

While children can be used as mules, I really don’t see how, given what the child was wearing, there could have been opportunity for concealment.

I stopped watching half way through. creepy.

MTinMN on April 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM

How do you even describe this to a six year old?


Yes, we are patting you down to make sure aren’t hiding a bomb that could explode killing everyone on the airplane.

-6 year old


Thune on April 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

This is why we are DOOMED in this country.

tx2654 on April 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

TSA richly deserves complete de-funding.

Airport security should be left to the airlines and local airport authorities: these organizations have the best incentives to insure both passenger safety and passenger comfort.

TSA is completely worthless, unless you are a terrorist, in which case TSA is your best weapon against the USA.

landlines on April 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

They threatened the mother if she didn’t allow the TSA goons to molest and drug test her young daughter. She took the video down for some reason. I hope she sues them.

Cannot believe people are allowed to touch my child in this manner. The TSA should be abolished and anyone who has groped another person cited, fined and/or jailed for personal assault. I tried to stop this and was threatened with fines, jail and delay in getting to my destination. There are better ways to keep our citizens safe from terrorists. We need to find a way to keep ourselves safe from the TSA too. “Just doing their job” is an excuse used by people who do wrong.

No Furlough For Fondlers:

By the way, WHERE ARE THE MEN in all this?

Bob hits the nail on the head: “They’re not the same Americans now. They crave authority,” he said. “They lust after regulation. They love being frisked, x-rayed, and felt-up at airports because it gives them a false sense of significance.”

Rae on April 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I wonder if this is the child molester doing the child molesting in this video –

LODGE4 on April 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM