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Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through security

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Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through security


Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through security

Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong.

And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a “high security threat”, while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down.

When asked about the overbearing treatment the girl received, a TSA spokesman did not apologise and insisted that correct procedures had been followed.

Terror threat Four-year-old Isabella was subjected to a full body pat-down and accused of carrying a gun in an airport

Terror threat Four-year-old Isabella was subjected to a full body pat-down and accused of carrying a gun in an airport

Four-year-old Isabella”s horrific experience in Wichita earlier this month was recounted on Facebook by her furious mother Michelle Brademeyer.

The family was in Kansas for a wedding, and was travelling home to Montana with Ms Brademeyer”s mother.

Ms Brademeyer and her two children had passed through security when the grandmother was detained after triggering an alarm on the scanners.

Isabella then, according to her mother, “excitedly ran over to give her a hug, as children often do. They made very brief contact, no longer than a few seconds.”

The young girl was immediately detained by security agents, who apparently shouted at her that she would have to be frisked too, and refused to let her mother explain what has happening.

Ms Brademeyer wrote: “It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.”

Nightmare: The TSA has been criticised for being over-zealous (file photo)

Nightmare: The TSA has been criticised for being over-zealous (file photo)

In her terror, Isabella tried to run away rather than face a full body pat-down, which unsurprisingly enraged the TSA officers further.

One officer even told the girl”s mother that the airport would have to be shut down and every flight cancelled if the four-year-old did not co-operate.

They also apparently described the little girl as a “high security threat”.

As Isabella was taken into a side room for a pat-down, accompanied by her mother, she could not stop crying and refused to let the agents touch her.

An officer repeatedly said she had “seen a gun in a teddy bear” in the past, in an apparent attempt to justify the situation.

Ms Brademeyer continued: “The TSO loomed over my daughter, with an angry grimace on her face, and ordered her to stop crying.

“When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying, “The suspect is not cooperating.” The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist.”

Airport: Isabella

Isabella continued to cry, and officers said the family would have to leave the airport as the TSA was unable to frisk the four-year-old.

When a manager was called, he decided that the distraught Isabella could be checked alongside her mother, and let the family pass through security at last.

But their nightmare was not yet over, as on a connecting flight in Denver, an airport employee demanded to know which of the family was Isabella – and “looked really confused” when the girl was pointed out to her.

Ms Brademeyer concluded her Facebook post by drawing attention to TSA rules against separating children from their parents, and added: “I feel compelled to share this story in the hope that no other child will have to share in this experience.”

When The Consumerist approached the TSA for comment on the bizarre incident, a spokesman said: “TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.”

Last month the agency came in for criticism when a video of a three-year-old boy in wheelchair having a full pat-down and being swabbed for explosives circulated on the internet.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 3:18 AM
Replies (51-60):
futureshock
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM


Quoting muslimahpj:

This is what most Americans want. The illusion of being safe.

So what would make us actually safe?

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on May. 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting Sekirei:

I am surprised that people have no problem with this..

(I feel like a broken record.. but, here I go)

Condoning and going along with the TSA procedures doesn't make you safer. The same (or similar) procedures were used in multiple international airports and then scrapped because they DIDN'T work. more things got through with these procedures, than with the 'old' ones.

The terrorists have won... we have started to give up our freedoms for this bullshit that doesn't work

What are some reasons for this?

more things got through with these procedures, than with the 'old' ones.

let me hunt for the article. It had something to do with the fact that the searches, while more invasive, only picked up on larger items.. and the xray machines weren't picking up on the items that caused more problems. the article is over 2 years old though

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting muslimahpj:

This is what most Americans want. The illusion of being safe.

So what would make us actually safe?

If I had the solution, I would be a very rich woman.

This, TSA, is a joke. Like others have said, the terrorists have won. We have freely given up alot of our freedoms all in the name of "safety".

DropZoneMom
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Apparently, having even an ounce of common sense is NOT a requirement to be employed by the TSA.    This whole thing is absolute BS -- the flippin' beeyotch who intimidated that child should be FIRED.

savannahmom2011
by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

sorry i would be sueing

Sexymom22
by Member on May. 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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Seriously, they are that fucking stupid? So basically they freaked out because a normal four year old hugged her grandma? WTF? And wanting to separate a child from their parents can the say unethical? And lawsuit? Do they have any idea how stupid that is? I don't think they realize that they are the one's being the terrorists. And while they are busy accusing little children of having "a gun in a teddy bear." AYFKM? There are actual terrorists out there wanting to harm people, but thats ok Barney Fife, your doing your job by frisking the four year old. Fucking idiots.

Marranna777
by on May. 5, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Really  really are you fucking kidding me how ridiculous poor little girl :( hey guess what i gave my son a hug and a kiss at the airport last month i better be more careful ugh so stupid :(

Redwall
by Silver Member on May. 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM

TSA doesn't make me feel any safer, it would make me feel cheap and humiliated.  I refuse to fly until things change.  Poor little girl....  We as Americans have given up our rights without even a question...this is our payment.

LilithofEden
by Member on May. 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM
They're so nuts.
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LilithofEden
by Member on May. 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM
Americans having brain cells.....except for those with APD. They should be cremated alive

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting muslimahpj:

This is what most Americans want. The illusion of being safe.

So what would make us actually safe?

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