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TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old
As luck would have it, girl is daughter of TV reporter
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 15, 2010 7:39 AM CST
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(Newser) – Another airport security brouhaha: The TSA body-searched a 3-year-old girl at the airport in Chattanooga, Tenn., prompting screaming and tears. And perhaps embarrassingly for the TSA, the girl happened to be the daughter of a TV news reporter, who captured about 17 seconds of her ordeal on his cell phone. It started, explained dad Steve Simon, after Mandy's teddy bear was taken from her for screening; she started crying, and had a "tough time" going through the metal detector. The alarm went off twice, which meant she "must be hand-searched." But, asks dad, "Did it have to be like this?"

“The American approach to flight security misses the point, thanks to an ‘everyone must suffer equally’ approach,” writes Ed Morrissey at Hot Air Blog. Sure, terrorists might “use a child as a mule”—indeed, they’ve done it before. But “shouldn’t TSA have taken the whole family aside and questioned Mom and Dad first to see if they got a hint of some ulterior motive?” asks Morrissey. And if we are going to search kids, maybe the TSA should train its employees on how to do it “without terrifying” them. Click here for another mess.

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Nov 25, 2010 10:37 AM CST
This happened 2 years ago. GREAT JOB reporting guys
Nov 18, 2010 6:58 PM CST
I have to wonder what's wrong with the "reporter" who allowed some minimum-wage monkey to grope his three year old daughter. Not on my watch, pal.
Nov 18, 2010 6:25 PM CST
hmm article i read the other day quoted the TSA Bigwig stating they didn't pat down children. Israel.. a country constantly under attack and threats of attack from terrorists doesnt have such an invasive airport security setup as we do here in the US. what does that tell you America? and here in the US they require the pilots to go through the scanners and metal detectors as well now. why? THEY FLY THE PLANE. if they wanted to run it into something and kill all aboard.. guess what.. a scanner wont stop that.