A viral video posted to YouTube shows TSA agents giving a full-body pat-down to a two-year-old boy and his six-year-old sister. According to the father, who made the recording, they were selected because they touched him and came in close proximity to him, Fox News Insider reported Wednesday.
The man, using the name "khanzahir100," said he is a frequent target of the TSA because of his name. He also said the agents were rude in the way they screened his wife and children.
The video shows a male TSA screener performing a full-body pat-down on the boy by gliding his gloved hands down his legs. The young girl is then seen standing on a mat in front of a kneeling female TSA officer who feels her back with her palms.
The officer also inspected the young girl's legs and brushed her buttocks with the back of her hands. Additionally, she examined the girl's chest while the girl has her arms stretched out. The agent tried calm the girl down with funny faces and smiles.
The TSA website says it "has modified screening procedures for children 12 and under that reduces the likelihood of a pat-down." The agency allegedly changed its policy on patting down children in 2011 after video emerged showing agents giving a full-body pat-down to a six-year-old girl.
In April 2011, we reported that Dr. Todd Drexel, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and his wife Selena, demanded the agency change their policy during an appeal on "Good Morning America." Video of that incident was also posted to YouTube, and showed a TSA agent rubbing the young girl's inner thighs and running her fingers inside the top of the girl's blue jeans.
As we reported in 2010, TSA agents terrorized three-year-old Mandy Simon, the daughter of Houston reporter Steve Simon, who captured the incident on camera. In 2012, the agency accused a weeping four-year-old girl of carrying a gun and labeled her a "high security threat."
The agency also came under fire for intrusive searches of elderly passengers and recently sparked controversy after confiscating a tiny toy pistol from a sock monkey. In 2012, video surfaced of agents giving an intrusive search to a three-year-old boy in a body cast and a wheelchair.
In 2010, then-Homeland Security Janet Napolitano defended the intrusive pat-downs and searches. In an op-ed posted at USA Today, she asked Americans for "cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy."
But it seems Americans, while concerned about safety and security, are becoming increasingly irritated at a federal agency they feel has run amok. Video of the pat-down can be seen above.