Photo of TSA Baby Pat-Down Goes Viral


A photo taken by a reverend of TSA agents patting down a baby has gone viral.

According to a report from the Kansas City Star, Rev. Jacob Jester was at Kansas City International Airport on Saturday when he saw the pat-down. 

“I thought it was a curious situation,” said Jester. “I have a son about the same age -- 8 months old -- and I thought that I would not want that to happen to my own child.”

So he took a picture and posted it to Twitter with the message:

Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport Pretty sure that’s extreme

The photo was retweeted. And retweeted. And retweeted. News agencies picked up on it, and now the photo has been viewed 300,000 times, and growing.

“The picture took on a life of its own,” Jester said.

The TSA said in a statement that agents were following proper procedure after the baby's stroller set off the metal detector. "Officers followed protocol to conduct additional screening on members of the family, who were very cooperative,” the TSA said.

The agency said it has been reviewing its policies “to streamline and improve the screening experience for low-risk populations, such as younger passengers.”


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