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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 12:44 AM

14. Sounds like it was simply too much for the girl and she freaked out.

 

"In a phone interview from her home in Fountain Valley, Calif., Croft said Brademeyer tried to no avail to get TSA agents to use a wand on the frightened girl or allow her to walk through the metal detector again. She also said TSA agents wanted to screen her granddaughter alone in a separate room.

“She was kicking and screaming and fighting and in hysterics,” Croft said. “At that point my daughter ran up to her against TSA’s orders because she said ‘my daughter is terrified, I can’t leave her.’”

The incident went on for maybe 10 minutes, until a manager came in and allowed agents to pat the girl down while she was screaming but being held by her mother. The family was then allowed to go to their next gate with a TSA agent following them."

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/04/25/tsa-defends-pat-down-of-4-year-old-girl-at-kansas-airport/

The whole thing is unpleasant for everyone, but I'm not sure a lowly TSA agent has discretion to do what they want. In this day people may not feel like exposing themselves to the risk of deviating from procedures.

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