While we all understand why TSA is there, it still drives us crazy sometimes. I had surgery on my shoulder so there is metal in there, so I get the third degree every time I pass through security. Unless my long-haired brother is with me, then they focus on him.
James Woods and Larry the Cable Guy shared a video of a boy getting the TSA pat-down. This video is from 2017, but it got a reaction from President Trump. Here is the tweet that James Woods posted:
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 19, 2019
"Not a good situation!" President Trump tweeted.
The Washington Post published this in 2017.
TSA addressed the issue and explained why the boy needed such a thorough pat-down:
As you may have heard, on Sunday at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), a 13-year-old passenger underwent enhanced security screening, which included a pat-down, after his laptop alarmed an explosives trace detection machine. In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to ease concerns of the mother. 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.
The mother filmed the pat-down and posted it to Facebook. It has since gone viral.
So is this standard procedure? TSA screening procedures allow for the pat-down of children under certain circumstances. In this instance, a laptop alarmed the explosives trace detection machine, which requires additional screening to resolve the alarm.
We get it. Nobody likes to be patted down. And nobody likes to see their loved ones patted down, especially children. TSA screens thousands of families every day, and our officers are trained to communicate with parents, explain screening procedures before they begin, and find the best way to get everyone to their plane safely and efficiently. Many of our officers are parents too.
As he often does, President Trump made sure that this issue will get the attention he deserves.