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Published 11:59 am, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A Texas mother is “livid” following a recent incident at DFW International Airport where she claims her family was “treated like dogs” by TSA agents.
Jennifer Williamson shared a video of her son getting a pat down by a TSA agent in the airport Sunday. In just two days, the video has gone viral with over 88,000 shares and 5.3 million views.
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The Texas mother says she requested the TSA agents to “screen him other ways per TSA rules” because he has sensory processing disorder (SPD), which can cause a person’s brain not to interpret sensory information correctly.
We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight… we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD 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. He is still several hours later saying “I don’t know what I did. What did I do?” I am livid. Please, share… make this viral like the other children’s videos with TSA… I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. 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.
Posted by Jennifer Williamson on Sunday, March 26, 2017
In the post, Williamson says that her son didn’t trigger any alarms and the TSA agents held them for over an hour, which caused them to miss their original flight. She also claims one of the DFW Airport police officers joined in on the pat down at one point.
“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 concluded her Facebook post.
Chron.com reached out to Williamson for additional comment, but she did not return our request before publication.
TSA issued the following statement to the press:
“TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.
The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.
In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the 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.” Story continues below.
The Facebook post generated an extensive conversation online with users around the world talking on the pat down.
“That looks more like a Pedophile than a TSA Agent doing his job,” Samantha Smith commented on one of Williamson’s posts. “Why did he have to repeatedly go over the same places multiple times? That is the most egregious thing I have seen lately. I’m so sorry that you and your son had to endure such horrible behavior from an adult.”
But not everyone saw the same thing after viewing the video. Erica Jean commented, “I’m sorry, but I don’t see anything wrong with this pat down… I realize he has sensory issues, I’m all too familiar, I have a kid in the spectrum. Special needs aside, I still have to explain to my son, the realities of daily life. Of you explain it to him in a way he can wrap his head around it, instead of ooohing and aaahing and videotaping and making him feel like a victim, of what I don’t know.”
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