The Paranoid Guide to Better Living: TSA Groping Hits a New Low - Page 2
There are cases of people being arrested for refusing a pat down and leaving the security line, as is stated by their guidelines (and among the rights you give up when you buy a plane ticket,) but I would hope that in this type of case some consideration would have been given and they would have been allowed to leave.
Another side to the argument is a new classic, "what if the terrorists use kids as bombs?" First off, the scanners would pick that up don't you think? You don't need a pat down to figure that out. Second, if a kid has a bomb strapped to them, don't you think they'll be acting just a little bit out of sorts? I mean, outside of how kids normally behave in public.
Earlier today I tweeted that if TSA laid a hand on my kid, I'd get belligerent and yes, I would go to jail for the protection of my child. This was just spew, as I would have had to give permission before they could perform the pat down. And that I wouldn't do. If you were in this situation - what would you do? Would you refuse? Ask to see a supervisor and miss your flight?
Here's the response I got on Twitter:
"Stand right next to the TSA agent AND my child, watching (and maybe even record it.) - @mikedriehorst
"Um, yeah, if I were a parent there's no way I'd let that happen. Where's the outrage America? Le sigh." - @mistresspixel
"Refuse. No on is going to touch my child that intimately unless there is a medical need." - @xwordy
"March to the police station and report a sexual assault." - @nerdmom
"I would never attempt to put my child through such horseshit. I only fly alone." - @scrubclub
"I'd first ask if it can be bypassed, if it's untenable, ask for a polite pat down - nothing invasive. If not possible, file complaint." - @untestedmethods
"Oh also; film entire event. And after filing complaint, leave. Contact lawyer." - @untestedmethods
"Not a chance it would happen. I would exhaust all other possibilities before TSA does that to my kids." - @russn
"It sucks but I'd rather experience a pat down rather than a potential first time a child is used as a terrorist." - @misspmjContinued on the next page