Baby pat down photo at Kansas City International Airport posted at Twitter draws controversy

By on May 11, 2011 in Lifestyle, Parenting, Travel, United States Comments

A photo of a baby receiving a pat-down at the Kansas City International Airport as shown below was posted on Twitter on Saturday, May 7 now draws controversy.

Baby pat down photo in Kansas City airport
Image Credit: JacobJester/Twitter

Apparently, the baby whose identity and of the family were not known, was believed to be only around 8 months old is shown being searched by three airport security personnel.

“Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport Pretty sure that’s extreme,” a pastor named Jacob Jester tweeted, attaching the photo of the baby while receiving a pat-down.

Jester told reports that he can’t help but took photo of the baby after he passed the security, noting that he cannot think of what might happen that time.

“My thinking was, this is an extreme measure. I wouldn’t want that to happen to my own son,” he added, in which he immediately posted the photo on his Twitter account (@jacobjester) and now has more than 312,000 views.

Nevertheless, the issue reached the knowledge of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and explained on their official blog on what happened that time.

“We reviewed the screening of this family, and found that the child’s stroller alarmed during explosives screening.” The TSA wrote on their blog on Monday.

“Our officers followed proper current screening procedures by screening the family after the alarm, who by the way were very cooperative and were on the way to their gate in no time.” the statement added.

The agency added that babies are not exempted from the pat-down inspection but is currently reviewing its procedure particularly to children 12 years old and younger.

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