(Daily Dot) – The Transportation Security Administration is under fire for an agent’s prolonged pat-down of a boy at a Dallas airport, which the boy’s mother captured in a video that has sparked disgust and outrage over the anti-terrorism procedure.
In a minute-long video captured by the boy’s mother, Jennifer Williamson, a male TSA agent at Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW) is seen repeatedly running his hands over the boy’s body, which Williamson described as “traumatizing” for her son, Aaron, whom she says has Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD. Williamson did not reveal her son’s age.
“We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules,” wrote Williamson on Facebook. “He has SPD and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this.”
The TSA, meanwhile, is standing by its conduct.
Williamson says Aaron “set off NO alarms” and “physically did not alarm at all during screening.” She also claims the TSA detained Aaron for “well over an hour” to conduct the screening process, which caused the family to miss their flight.
The TSA disputes some of these events, claiming in a statement provided to media outlets that “all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.” The TSA also says the family was held at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, and that both the TSA agent’s supervisor and two police officers observed the pat-down.
“In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother,” the TSA statement reads. “The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection.”
Looks like the TSA is getting out of hand again.
Not that anyone is surprised.
For those of you wondering, according to the website SPD Star, SPD is:
Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (originally called Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the individual perceives results in abnormal responses.
Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. For those with Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory information goes into the brain but does not get organized into appropriate responses. Those with SPD perceive and/or respond to sensory information differently than most other people. Unlike people who have impaired sight or hearing, those with Sensory Processing Disorder do detect the sensory information; however, the sensory information gets “mixed up” in their brain and therefore the responses are inappropriate in the context in which they find themselves.
Not sure how exactly that would trigger the TSA’s response, or why this whole ordeal went down, but I’m sure we can all agree that this creepy old guy patting down a 12-year-old boy was a little too far to say the least.