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TSA Treats 4-Year-Old Like a Terrorist for Hugging Her Grandma! Have you had any bad experiences with your kids and TSA?

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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TSA Treats 4-Year-Old Like a Terrorist for Hugging Her Grandma

Posted by Mary Fischer

aiport securityNavigating airport security lines can be a bit of a challenge with kids, to say the least, but nothing could have prepared one 4-year-old little girl and her family for the horrible treatment she received from TSA officers in Wichita, Kansas.

Michelle Brademeyer was flying home from a wedding with her mother and two kids when her mom set off alarms in the airport security line. She was detained by TSA, at which point Michelle's daughter, 4-year-old Isabella, ran over to give her grandmother a hug. And because witnessing a small child offer their grandparent a gesture of affection is so incredibly threatening to national security, TSA agents determined she must be carrying a gun and tried to take her into a separate room to give her a full body pat-down.

Wait -- it gets worse.

When poor little Isabella became (understandably) hysterical and scared, she tried to run -- and that's when the TSA threatened to shut down the entire airport if she didn't cooperate. At that point, she was taken into another room with her mother for the pat-down, where she refused to let TSA officers touch her. They called for back-up and threatened to make the family leave the airport entirely, until a manager showed up and finally checked them and allowed them to pass through security.

And for the life of me, I have no idea how Michelle Brademeyer was able to keep her composure and remain calm while all of this went down. Because if TSA had treated my son that way? Yeah -- I'd be locked up right now instead of sitting at my kitchen island typing this post. I'm sure of it.

I've flown several times a year with my son since he was about 4 months old, and luckily, we've never run into any sort of problem with TSA. I always try to be as calm and collected as possible when we pass through the line, and I always make sure he doesn't leave my side for a second. But kids will be kids, and sometimes you really can't control what they say and do, even when they aren't trying to get into any sort of trouble.

And if someone accused my sweet, kind, loving 6-year-old of carrying a gun, insinuating that he's some sort of terrorist? I'd totally lose my cool for sure. I can't think of anything worse while traveling than having to watch your child get scared out of their mind by total strangers who don't know the difference between a hug and a concealed weapon.

Stories like this really make me think twice about getting on another plane with my kid -- though air travel is kind of inevitable. But I think I'd better work on my temper a bit before we set foot in another airport, just in case my son is feeling particularly affectionate in the security line. I'd hate to wind up in jail instead of taking a family vacation.

Have you had any bad experiences with your kids and TSA?

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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melaniecerise
by Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I haven't flown since airports have become so strict with TSA. All these problems the TSA is having with children makes me not want to fly. Get those employees under control. I know there are some parents who may smuggle something bad with their child, but seriously have more composure to deal with children

Fields456
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Haven't flown with my kids yet
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2-point-doe
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

We fly several times a year, both domestic and internationally, with dd and have for all 4.5 years of her life. We have never had any problems or even witnessed any for that matter.

lovinmykiddo07
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM
My step brother just flew from Oklahoma to Scottland to be with his mother. He is 26. They detained him for 8 hours in London because they thought it was suspicious that he was going there, but not coming back. He explained he wants to get citizenship over there, but they kept telling at him, calling him a liar, threatened to send him back to the states, ect. Finally the called the police in his mothers home town and got everything cleared up. But it was really just crazy and unnecessary.
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PEEK05
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I had nothing but good experiences when flying with my kids.

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