TSA Pats Down Boy With Disabilities
Mom Filmed the "Horrifying" Way TSA Agents Treated Her Boy With Disabilities
We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight... we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD and I didn't want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. He is still several hours later saying "I don't know what I did. What did I do?" I am livid. Please, share... make this viral like the other children's videos with TSA... I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.Posted by Jennifer Williamson on Sunday, March 26, 2017
After a mom says that her son with disabilities was detained at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for "well over an hour," she's speaking out against the TSA agents and the "unnecessary" treatment of her kid.
According to Jennifer Williamson, her son didn't set off metal detectors, but security officials still wanted to perform a pat-down on him. When she explained that her child has Sensory Processing Disorder, which makes being touched by strangers very distressing, they still carried on the "traumatizing" search.
Jennifer recorded the incident and the video has since gone viral on Facebook. The enraged mom wrote that she felt like the TSA purposefully made them miss their flight because she spoke up on behalf of her son. "We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules," she wrote on Facebook. "He has SPD and I didn't want my child given a pat down like this."
According to Jennifer, the exchange carried on well after she stopped filming. "We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side," she wrote. "He is still several hours later saying, 'I don't know what I did. What did I do?' I am livid."
According to the TSA, Aaron and his mom were at the checkpoint for about 45 minutes and the pat-down took approximately two minutes. The agency also said in a prepared statement that the additional agents were brought in to ease Jennifer's concerns. "The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates," the agency said in a statement to Dallas News. "Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process."