This Mom is angry after her son experienced a pat-down at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport...and her video has been viewed over 5 million times. But the TSA says everything was by the book...
But the TSA says there WAS an alarm, and that everything was explained to the teen ... and that the procedure itself was 2 minutes (as you saw in the video)-
TSA issued this statement to WFAA:
“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."
Too far? Or is she over-reacting? None of us wants to be patted-down... or made to feel like we've done something wrong when we haven't.
The TSA announced earlier this month that they have changed pat-down policies, because a study showed weapons were slipping past security.... ALSO something we don't want.