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Airport frisking of 6-year-old girl inappropriate and abhorrent

By Staff | Apr 14, 2011

It appears now that inappropriate contact with children enjoys protection under the guise of national security.

On Wednesday a Kentucky couple said they want the Transportation Security Administration to change how it screens children after their 6-year-old daughter was frisked at the New Orleans airport.

Yes, you heard that right.

A 6-year-old child.

According to the Associated Press, on ABC’s Good Morning America show Senela Drexel said the family was returning from a vacation earlier this month when their daughter, Anna, was chosen for a pat-down.

And the couple has proof.

They posted a video of the search on YouTube, showing a TSA agent patting down the child, saying she would use the back of her hands on sensitive areas and that she would “put my hand in the waistband.”

Understandably, the girls’ father, Dodd Drexel, said his daughter was confused by the search and started crying afterward because she thought she’d done something wrong.

Selena Drexel said such searches were inappropriate for children who are told not to let adults touch them inappropriately.

“This conduct is in clear violation of TSA’s explicit policy not to conduct thorough pat-downs on children under the age of 13,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, of Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, said in a statement Wednesday.


Such searches are totally inappropriate. If this is what we call national security, then we need to start using common sense and ask what is appropriate and what’s not when dealing with 6-year-olds.

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