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Published on Mar 19, 2012
TSA officers terrified a three year-old wheelchair-bound boy by subjecting him to a thorough pat-down in search of explosives. The father who filmed the shocking event wasn't even allowed to comfort his son during the ordeal.
The officer did not even allow the parent to come near his child or touch him. "I was told I could not touch him or come near him during the process," reports the farther, who says his son was "trembling with fear" and wanted him "to hold his hand and give him a hug". The family "had to pretend everything was "ok" so the boy wouldn't panic.
It all started when a family of six fell under suspicion at Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD). They were then forced into a sequestered area for inspection, where a TSA officer said he wanted to check the small child out.
The farther shared that during the procedure, he was hoping "someone with a brain" and "in a position of authority" would come by and stop the insane formality of checking a toddler for explosives. "Apparently, there are a lot of children in wheelchairs being used to bring down planes," he wrote.
The family that fell under suspicion at O'Hare consists of two children, two parents and two grand parents. The father said they were headed for a Disney vacation before the incident occurred.
The arbitrary actions of the Transportation Security Administration of the US have increasingly taken the spotlight in recent years. Apart from a wave of complaints from passengers who have fallen victim to its over the top security measures, the TSA is known for being notoriously ineffective.