Baby bomb threat: Outrage as toddler is given full frisking by TSA agents

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Police State, US News

Paul Bentley
Mail Online
May 10, 2011

A disturbing photograph which shows a baby being subjected to a full body search by airport security has caused outrage after it was posted online.

The picture, which was uploaded to a social networking site, appears to show two TSA agents at Kansas City International Airport laughing as they pat down the child, who is being held in the air by his mother. Perhaps concerned that the toddler might be smuggling weapons in his diaper, the burly security guard and his female assistant focus their attention on the lower half of the child’s body.

The shocking photograph comes just a month after the TSA were widely condemned after footage emerged of a six-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy being subjected to the searches in separate incidents at airports across America.

The TSA has now said it will review its screening policies so as not to waste resources by subjecting children to over-zealous security methods. The image of the baby being touched down by agents was taken yesterday by fellow passenger Jacob Jester, as proof of what he thought was an ‘extreme’ measure.

TSA agents insisted on frisking the baby after his stroller beeped when it went through security. Jester uploaded the photograph onto Twitter and wrote: ‘Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport. Pretty sure that’s extreme.’

Those who then viewed the picture were shocked at what appears to show a ridiculously over-zealous approach to airport security. Chris Lopez responded to the photograph: ‘What’s even more terrible is the the TSA agent is smiling!’ Deb Wilker added; ‘Doesn’t get much more sickening, appalling, oppressive and unlawful than this… Frightening, disturbing, disgusting,’

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