Parents of 6-Year-Old Girl Pat Down at Airport Want Procedures Changed

From ABC News:

he family of the 6-year-old girl who received a pat down at airport security in New Orleans said today there needs to be a different screening process for children.

“We struggle to teach our kids to protect themselves, to say ‘no, it’s not ok to touch me in this way in this area,” the girl’s mother, Selena Drexel, said. “Yet here we are saying it’s ok for these people.” If we don’t find other ways we’re making them more vulnerable, she said.

Drexel and her husband, Dr. Todd Drexel, of Bowling Green, Ky., appeared this morning in an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America.”

A video of the couple’s daughter going through the screening went viral on the Internet, getting thousands of views on sites like YouTube. It shows a TSA agent rubbing the young girl’s inner thighs and running her fingers inside the top of the girl’s blue jeans.

The Drexels said they stood powerless, watching as their daughter was patted down.

“I did ask for alternatives, I asked for her to be rescanned,” Selena Drexel said. “They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do.”

Selena Drexel said she could only speculate as to why the 6-year-old was selected for the pat down. She said that the TSA supervisor made it clear “non-verbally” that there would be trouble if she caused a fuss.

The girl’s father said that while his daughter was polite and respectful during the screening, she broke down into tears afterwards.

“Initially she was just confused,” Todd Drexel said. “She really didn’t understand what she had done wrong.” He said he and his wife struggled with how to explain to their child what had happened after teaching her previously it was not ok to be touched in certain places. “Now she’s been pat down in a public setting, in an airport.”

  • DreamDevil

    Benjamin Franklins words echo louder and louder for every TSA story that I read.

  • The TSA sounds like a wonderful place to work if you’re a pedophile. All the little kids you can ogle in the scanners and from time to time they let you feel up a kid or two. Unfortunately they might have to feel up adults from time to time as well but I can’t imagine that’s an unacceptable sacrifice for your average kiddy fiddler.

    • Rampage_Rick

      I don’t know whether to “like” out of agreement or “dislike” out of disgust

      • KingTaco

        I would certainly hope you find it more disgusting than anything else.

    • Tyr

      It’s the same cocktail that attracted pederasts to the priesthood: a combination of access to children, a position of power power over others and being untouchable because you are the law.

  • ange

    “It shows a TSA agent rubbing the young girl’s inner thighs and running her fingers inside the top of the girl’s blue jeans.”

    I wouldnt say the TSA agent rubbed the kids inner thighs, but she definitely touched her no-no spot.