The curious lack of concern from Obama about small children getting 'touched' by TSA agents
Before 911, the public’s greatest fear when booking an airline flight, the fear of flying. The new TSA rules have raised a new, very real ‘fear’, the TSA stranger ‘touching’ our small children may be a sexual predator.
As adults we have the ability to blow off the TSA naked, full body imaging scans and the pat-downs at the TSA security checkpoints. As parents, we may conclude a full body imaging scan is okay for our children, 12 and older, another ‘inconvenience’. There’s a gray area in the TSA guidelines, the TSA rules, children 12 and under are to undergo a modified pat-down. According to a recent LA Times article, the rules are ‘unclear’ whether the modified pat-down includes the ‘touching’ of a child’s genital area. The ‘possibility’ a parent may not be ‘with’ their child when they undergo the modified pat-down. Rules which, in our opinion, in regards to small children should be explicitly clear, no TSA ‘touching’ of children’s genitals. Parents should be allowed to remain with their children during the modified pat-down. Added to the mix, the recent remarks by the President during a speech in Lisbon, defending the practice of ‘aggressive’ TSA pat-downs. Obama’s remarks, the aggressive pat-downs, ‘an inconvenience to us all’. While it may be an ‘inconvenience’ to an adult, we find it curious Obama showed a lack of concern for small children. Kids who were taught by their parents, don’t let a stranger ‘touch you’. Kids who lack the ability to understand they’re being ‘touched’ for ‘security reasons’ and therefore, an ‘inconvenience’. The very inconvenient truth, the TSA personnel ‘touching’ our child could be a sexual pervert.
President Obama said today he sympathizes with passenger complaints about aggressive body pat-downs at airports, but his counter-terrorism aides say they are necessary to guard against hidden explosives.
Balancing privacy and security is a “tough situation,” Obama told reporters at a news conference following the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal.
“One of the most frustrating aspects of this fight against terrorism is that it has created a whole security apparatus around us that causes a huge inconvenience for all of us,” Obama said.
Obama’s statement of ’causes a huge inconvenience for all of us’, a clue to Obama’s apparent lack of concern for children? Children who lack the ability to form the conclusion the stranger in a uniform patting their clothes and ‘touching’ them, is an ‘inconvenience’?
Weighing in on the new TSA rules, the LA Times who attempted to soothe parents with the Times ‘explanation’ of the TSA guidelines including ‘modified’ pat downs for kids.
Before you head to the airport and face security checkpoints, take a deep breath. Feel better? Good, because, despite everything you’ve heard lately about the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial new pat-downs and body scanners, you may well encounter the usual take-off-your-shoes metal detector screening during the holiday travel period.
Feeling better? Read the Times’ explanation of the TSA guidelines for the ‘modified’ pat downs for children 12 and under.