A picture of Transportation Security Administration agents patting down an 8-month-old baby at Kansas City International Airport has sparked controversy over what constitutes an actual terror threat on airplanes.
The picture was taken on Saturday at KCI by metro pastor Jacob Jester as he was waiting to board a flight to Albuquerque. According to an interview on Elliot.org, Jester said that the child's mother was being cooperative, but he had never seen anything "quite that bad."
He said that he uploaded the picture on Twitter, where it received a huge response, saying "Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport. Pretty sure that’s extreme.”
Jester says that the tweet has had over 140,000 hits since he posted it.
"I understand that my security is at stake. I appreciate TSA trying to make flying more secure. But I wouldn’t want it to happen to my son," Jester told Elliot.org.
The incident comes after other highly-publicized incidents involving TSA airport pat-downs of a 3-year-old and 6-year-old children.
Later, the TSA released the following statement: "TSA has reviewed the screening of this family and determined that the officers involved followed proper current screening procedures. After the child’s stroller alarmed during explosives screening, officers followed protocol to conduct additional screening on members of the family, who were very cooperative."
"While children are not exempt from security screening, Administrator [John] Pistole has tasked the agency with exploring additional ways to focus its resources and move beyond a one-size fits all system while maintaining a high level of security. As part of this effort, TSA has been actively reviewing its screening policies and procedures to streamline and improve the screening experience for low-risk populations, such as younger passengers."