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"Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn't set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn't complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn't end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn't hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins.

******* THIS VIDEO OCCURRED AT SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 19TH AT AROUND THE TIME OF 12:00 PM **********

***Insertion of what happened after the video (full story)****

After I finished videotaping the incident I went through the check point myself. I collected my things and went over to talk to the father and son. Before I could get to them a man in a black suit who had been talking with the other TSA officials approached me. He asked to speak to me and I obliged, wondering what was to come. He then proceeded to interrogate me about why I was videotaping the "procedures of the TSA". I told him that I had never seen such practices before on a young child and decided to record it. The man being frustrated at this point demanded to know my plans with the video, of which I didn't respond. Repeatedly he asked me to delete the video, hoping his mere presence could intimidate me to obey, but I refused. By this point it became obvious that he felt TSA had done something wrong and that I caught it on tape. After the interview, I left for my gate. I called my brother who told me I should put the tape on YouTube because this had been a recent hot topic in the news.
My gate was a long way off, but about 15 minutes after arriving 2 TSA agents came and sat 15 feet or so away from me. I stood up and moved so that they were in front of me and then took a picture. A 3rd and then a 4th agent came and sat down with the others. They would occasionally glance at me and talk on their walkie-talkies. I don't know why they were there or if it was a huge coincidence but they stayed for 30-45 minutes and left just before I boarded the plan. Interesting to say the least, intimidating? Maybe a little..."

 

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JenW777
Nov. 23, 2010 at 1:44 AM

Thank you.  The more people that see this stuff, the louder the public outcry!

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karri...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 2:09 AM

that poor child he must have felt horrible to be treated like that

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mommo...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 6:43 AM

Are strip searches usually done in front of everyone?  I have never witnessed one before.

I cannot believe they subjected that little boy to such humiliation! 

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momofne
Nov. 23, 2010 at 7:05 AM

I thought the weren't suppose to pat down anyone under 12 or 13??? Good for the guy who shot this and stood his ground!

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gwebk...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM

They didn't strip search the boy. The father took the shirt off. The father decided to further humiliate his young son by doing that.

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AmaliaD
Nov. 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM

good for you!!  more people need to do that.   stand up to those abusing their power to keep them on their toes and help them remember - we are always watching them -  and we have cell phone cameras.   :)  

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Momma...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

That is because terrorists have been known to use their own children. In Vietnam they would strap bombs on children as young as 5 and throw them in the middle of a group of soldiers. Thus killing the child. Many soldiers have admitted that they were ordered to kill even children strapped to bombs. 

War is a very scary thing and even if it sounds unbelievable by the severity of the story it is actually true. 

The strip search should have not been in front of everyone and it should have been done in privacy. 

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Saya
Nov. 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM

That's not a strip search.  The father took the kids shirt off, and nothing else.  The rest of the story is so horrible, but it's not a strip search. 

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jwaren
Nov. 23, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Before getting steamed at this case, you need to know the whole story. The boy set off the metal detector. He was acting shy and not holding his arms out for the Modified pat down (per TSA rules 12 and under get a modified pat down). Dad was upset. Instead of encouraging cooperation, the Dad took the kid's shirt off. The TSA worker finished and Dad and son went on their way.

While I don't agree with TSA's new pat down procedures, they didn't ask for the shirt to be removed. It was an angry and rude parent choice. I feel bad for the poor boy.

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Karin78
Nov. 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM

It is horrifying that some people are defending TSA procedures.  How much are people willing to give up for the illusion of security?  Airport security has NEVER EVER caught or stopped a would-be terrorist.  They aren't going to catch one with this invasive technique. 

There is no way to be 100% safe from a terrorist attack- whether you're in an airplane or a train or an office building.  But the odds of dying in a terrorist attack are about one in 55 million!  

Humiliating US citizens will not make airline travel more safe.  It's already incredibly safe! 

Terrorizing people to stop terrorism... makes a lot of sense. 

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