Pat-Down of a 6-Year-Old Girl at an Airport Security Checkpoint: Justified or Appalling?

Is the reaction of outrage pertaining to a 6 Year Old Girl Groped by New Orleans TSA justified, or are Transportation Security Administration agents properly doing their job?

The video of the girl that received a pat-down examination at the airport security checkpoint shows a Transportation Security Administration agent who appears to be informing the girl of what she is doing and allowing her mother to see the pat-down in full view — but is this an infringement upon the privacy of the child that could potentially traumatize her?

Some FlyerTalk members are seething and appalled, as they fume that this type of screening and treatment should not even be allowed or happening in the United States of America, especially as there are supposed to be special procedures for screening children. Others argue that no one group can be excluded from pat-downs, as this could give potential terrorists an opportunity to exploit those who are classified as part of the exclusive group.

The debate of rights and privacy versus safety and security continues, with no agreed-upon answer, conclusion or resolution in sight…


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