If anybody claims we can’t change policy with our cameras, show them the above video of a Transportation Security Administration screener patting down a 6-year-old girl at an airport security gate earlier this year.
The video went viral because it revealed the absurdity and ineffectiveness of the TSA screening process, which is probably one reason why screeners and police try to intimidate passengers from videotaping checkpoints, even though there is no law against it.
One man who was arrested for shooting this infuriating video at a TSA checkpoint ended up getting his charges dropped.
On Wednesday, TSA officials announced that they are changing their policy on how they screen children.
For now on, TSA will not be allowed to grope children under ten years of age – a result of the outrage stirred by the above video.
According to CNN:
The Transportation Security Administration is changing its policy on how screeners can search children, the agency’s head has said.
TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the change at a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
The change was prompted by outrage over a video-recorded pat-down of a 6-year-old airline passenger at the New Orleans airport on April 5. The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows the girl protesting at first to the search, although she complies quietly while it is under way.
But that wasn’t the only video that has gone viral showing a child getting groped. Here is another one from last November of a 3-year-old girl getting frisked as she cries.
Earlier this month, the TSA indicated on its blog that it was looking into changing its policy on allowing passengers to videotape the screening process after another video (this one of an adult getting patted down) went viral.
First, TSA stated the following:
This incident has also raised many questions about whether or not passengers can film at checkpoints. This topic is currently under review, but you can read this blog post on our current policy for photography at checkpoints.
But then it “clarified” its intentions by stating the following:
There have been many different interpretations of the photography portion of this post, so I wanted to clarify things a bit. We recognize that using video and photography equipment is a constitutionally protected activity unless it interferes with the screening process at our checkpoints. While our current policy remains the same, TSA is reviewing our guidance to officers at the checkpoint to ensure consistent application. Our goal is to protect passenger’s rights, while safeguarding the integrity of the security process.