Well, if you thought the people running TSA weren’t incompetent. Think again.
A 2010 video of a three year old boy named Rocco being patted down by a TSA security agent on the family’s way to Disney World is going viral and fast.
The guard can be seen patting down the boy, who is in a body cast in a wheelchair. He can also be seen taking swabs of the wheelchair.
The most astonishing part is when the TSA agent lifts the boy’s shirt and SWABS his back.
This is who we have doing security at our nation’s airports? Still feel safe?
The boy’s father, Matt DuBiel, said “We had a baby five weeks ago, and I was looking at some old family videos on Saturday night, and I got incensed and emotional watching it.”
“It doesn’t matter when it was,” said DuBiel. “That’s the TSA and that is my son. And he is wearing a body cast. The TSA agent did the best he could with a ridiculous situation, but someone should have stepped in and said, ‘That’s enough.’”
The father was worried the family wouldn’t be able to board the plane on time, and so didn’t object to the pat down because he didn’t want to cause “trouble”.
“At the time, they didn’t have the rules in place for children that they have now. But, regardless of the new or old rules, my position is that it’s unacceptable to treat a toddler this way.”
The TSA recently revised its rules for children 12 and under, but the thoroughness of the pat downs are still unnecessarily invasive for young children.
From the TSA:
“if your child is unable to walk or stand, the Security Officer will conduct a pat-down search of your child while he/she remains in their mobility aid, as well as a visual and physical inspection of their equipment.”
It keeps getting worse for the TSA. A former TSA agent that worked at BWI airport in Baltimore has been arrested on child porn charges.