Pat down of shirtless boy fans TSA ire

Posted Nov. 22, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.

From The Washington Post | A cell phone video of four TSA agents patting down a shirtless boy at Salt Lake City’s airport is perpetuating criticism on tighter government screening of passengers.

Utah Valley University student Luke Tait shot the video Friday while waiting in a security line. Tait said the boy appeared so shy he couldn’t keep his arms raised for a pat-down, and the father removed his son’s shirt out of frustration to speed up the search. Get the full story>>

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  1. Al Dente Nov. 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Hello Chicago!

    The TSA Program to Examine Random Voyagers (PERV) is attracting lots of seedy characters for screener positions…..SHOCKING details at:

    Peace! :-)

  2. Paul Nov. 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Do these people EVER change their gloves!!

  3. Observer Nov. 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Question: Do these people EVER change their gloves!!

    Answer: to TSA, the gloves are there to protect them, not you. So it doesn’t matter how many people they “pat down” between gloves, or how nasty those gloves get before they pat you.

    I’ll be driving this Thanksgiving.

  4. rwilymz Nov. 23, 2010 at 7:44 a.m.

    One of the saddest parts of this whole thing are those who maintain the farcical notion that “flying isn’t a right”. [Pssst: yes it is - read the 9thAM and the 10thAM sometime]. Because it isn’t a right it somehow allows the government to actively obliterate the enumerated rights that exist … like the one to protect us from unreasonable search.

    …and folks, “reasonable”, to the Constitution, means having a warrant citing sworn Probable Cause, not “makes sense in this day and age”. Read the 4thAM sometime, as well.

    Such searches are called “administrative” exemptions to the 4thAM requirement for a warrant. Yet the 4thAM says nothing about “administrative” exemptions [nor national security, nor drunk driving, nor terrorism, nor any of the other things that groups of people wet their panties in fright over from time to time].

    Those who rationalize “administrative” exemption do so on the belief that the 4thAM is strictly a criminal rights concern. As if those suspected of commiting crimes deserve better protection from overreaching government than the 99.99% of everyone else who is simply trying to get through their day.

    And if it takes you more than 2 nanoseconds to identify the indefensible legal and moral issues that raises, then you’re either brain damaged or your a perfect candidate for Iranian or NKorean State Security forces.