According to a video (below) filmed by Matt Dubiel, his three-year-old son was subjected to a thorough search by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 2010.
In the Spring of 2010, Dubiel's family was on their way to Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, when they were stopped at a security checkpoint.
The video shows the little boy sitting in a wheelchair with a cast on his leg, trembling as he is searched by the TSA agent. Dubiel said he was not allowed to touch or come near his son during the search.
However, he did videotape most of the search: “They didn’t want me to record it with our regular camera. They made me put the cameras away but they allowed me to maintain with my iPhone."
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He posted the video of the search on YouTube over the weekend and it has since gone viral.
Dubiel told Fox News that he decided to post the video after rediscovering the footage over the weekend: “I watched the video with my 10-year-old and my heart starting beating real fast, I started getting angry, a rash of emotions and then I had to explain to my 10-year-old what was happening and why I allowed it to happen.”
“Some people have said I’m a bad parent for allowing that to happen to my child. Most people focus on my son and the experience that he was clearly going through. He was physically trembling.”
A TSA spokesman said they were aware of the video, but did not provide a comment.
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Rules governing searches of passengers under the age of 12-years-old were revised in 2011.
Dubiel said he did not file a formal complaint with the TSA.