TSA Changes Pat-Down Rules For Children


screenerBowing to criticism, the Transportation Security Administration said today that it will no longer automatically require pat-downs for children under 12 years old who trigger security concerns.

“As part of our ongoing effort to get smarter about security, Administrator Pistole has made a policy decision to give security officers more options for resolving screening anomalies with young children and we are working to operationalize his decision in airports,” TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball said in a written statement. “This decision will ultimately reduce – though not eliminate – pat downs of children.”

Already widely criticized for the controversial airport security technique, the TSA has come under increased fire after reports surfaced that its officers patted down a 6-year-old girl and an 8-month-old.

In a Senate hearing Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took the agency to task for the child pat-downs.

“This isn’t to say we don’t believe in safety procedures, but I think I feel less safe when you’re doing these invasive exams on a 6-year-old,” Paul said to TSA Administrator John Pistole during a hearing on the security of railway systems.

“It makes me think you’re clueless that you think she’s going to attack our country and that you’re not doing your research on the people who would attack our country,” Paul continued.

Pistole responded that it was difficult to rule out passengers as potential terrorists solely based on their age.

“Unfortunately we know terrorists have used children under 12 years old as suicide bombers in other locations,” he said. “Not in aviation, but there’s been two 10-year-olds used. We’ve also know the two grandparents – one grandmother, one grandfather, 64 years old in both situations – have been used.”

Photos and videos of TSA agents patting down children have gone viral on the Internet. The agency has said their workers followed existing procedures.

{The Hill/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. @ old time lkwder
    Now if yout kid hits the side of the scanner, and the alarm goes off, they will give them a second and third chance to try to walk through again without beeping. The old idiotic rule was that if it beeps, no matter why, you need a patdown.
    Obviously, if it keeps beeping every time, no matter who you are, you’ll get a patdown.

  2. To Comment #3 from TorahYidKS:

    TRIPLE DITOES!!!!!!!!!!


    These wicked leftest government agents refuse to employ any kind of racial profiling because it would “offend” the bad guys who they would be profiling. Yet they have had no hesitation in performing the most horrific abuse on
    completely decent obviously innocent children.