Jennifer Williamson already has enough on her plate with her son who has a medical condition that causes him to be sensitive to touch and stimulation, particularly by other people.
She made TSA employees aware of her son’s condtion when they were going through security at a Dalla-Fort Worth International airport, but that did not stop security from giving this boy an overly intrusive pat down.
Her 13 year old son left a laptop in his book bag and that set off an alarm when it was put through the scanner. This accident did not warrant the treatment he received. His mother says that he is traumatized after the event.
The whole family was kept so long, they even ended up missing their flight, which should, on its own be a wake up call to the entire airline industry.
From Young Conservatives:
“He has [sensory processing disorder] and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine.”
“I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying,” Williamson’s post continued. “We had two DFW police officers that 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.” Williamson said her family was treated with “utter disrespect,” as if they were criminals.
“I believe he was patted down excessively,” she told CBS News. “They went over his sensitive areas, a little more than necessary, especially given that he wasn’t wearing bulky clothing or anything like that.” The family says they were kept there so long that they missed their flight.
Williamson said that her son was traumatized by the experience.
TSA said they were following normal procedure and that they hadn’t done anything wrong, that the family was only kept there for about 45 minutes. They have upped the intrusiveness of the security pat-downs since a 2015 report that said they were failing in their job to catch weapons going through check points.