Update: Moments after I posted this story, the North Dakota news station removed the video and story from its site. Not sure what’s going on, but I will keep up with this.
Seventeen-month-old Baby Grayson toddled through the metal detectors at the Minneapolis airport Saturday when the metal on his overalls set off the alarms.
That, of course, prompted Transportation Security Administration to don their gloves and pat him down.
His mother pulled out her iPhone to videotape the patdown.
She was ordered to stop recording.
Anybody who reads this site on a regular basis knows that TSA officials have no right to order passengers to stop recording at the security checkpoints.
TSA confirms this on its own website.
Obviously, TSA has not made any effort to inform its screeners of this policy.
And in this case, the North Dakota TV news station that reported this incident had no clue about the policy because they never mention it.
They do, however, mention the TSA’s policy that nobody is exempt from the patdowns.
But according to the TSA website..everyone, even babies, needs to be screened. The agency says, though, they do so with proper care, “we specially train our security officers and they understand your concern for your children. They will approach your children gently and treat them with respect.”
I can understand a TSA official having to be put in the uncomfortable position of having to pat down a baby if that is what his job requires.
But I would think they would encourage a parent to videotape them just to prevent any false accusations that could arise later.
Cameras not only protect passenger but TSA official as well.
Now it just seems as if they had something to hide.