The Transportation Security Administration has — once again — made headlines for its invasive pat-down practices. This time it involved a young boy named Aaron, and his mother is “livid.”
“He is still several hours later saying, ‘I don’t know what I did. What did I do?’ ” Jennifer Williamson, Aaron’s mother, wrote in a Facebook post published Sunday following the ordeal. “I am livid.”
Along with her lengthy statement about the event, which occurred at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Williamson posted a two-minute video showing a TSA agent giving Aaron an extremely thorough pat-down.
When everything was said and done, the frustrated mother said the ordeal took “well over an hour.” She accused TSA officials of “deliberately” keeping them from making their flight.
“We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules,” Williamson wrote.
According to Williamson, Aaron suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder, which can result in an oversensitivity to sound and touch. Also, Aaron’s mother was not sure why her child was subjected to such an invasive TSA check, when her son set off “no alarms” and “passed through the detector just fine.”
“I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying,” she recalled, noting that, as the ordeal was unfolding, two police officers “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,” she added.
Williamson asked those who see the video on Facebook to help “make this viral.” So far, more than 7,000 people have reacted to the video and it has been shared nearly 20,000 times.
This most recent issue with the TSA comes several months after agency officials at the Los Angeles International Airport drew immediate backlash for subjecting a breast cancer patient to a what some people called a “horrific” body search.