A shocking video has surfaced online seemingly showing Transportation Security Administration officers giving two young children full-body pat downs while going through airport security.
The video was posted to YouTube by user khanzahir100, who appears to be the father of the two children, ages 2 and 6, and according to the description, the man gets stopped by TSA agents often because of his name, but his children were allegedly stopped because they had come in contact with their father.
The minute-and-a-half long video starts out with the 2-year-old being held by his mother while an agent pats him down from head to toe. The young boy is clearly uncomfortable by the pat down, but the mother keeps him calm. Then, the video shows the couple’s 6-year-old daughter also being searched from head to toe. The female officer who was patting the girl down appears to try and comfort her before ending the search.
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Once the video was posted online, many people were outraged that the TSA would pat down children, especially after they amended their policy back in 2011. As the Daily Mail reports, the agency’s website specifically says that, “TSA has modified screening procedures for children 12 and under that reduces the likelihood of a pat-down.”
Despite the supposed modification, two young children were apparently patted down, and many want answers. So far, the family in question has not been named, and it is not clear where the incident took place. The TSA has yet to comment on the video.