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A Mother is livid after her teenage son was given an extensive pat-down at a Texas airport. It was all done excessively as the video shows the boy unnecessarily being frisked, all while intentionally causing them to miss their flight.
Mom Jennifer Williamson explained in a Facebook post which included a video of her son being patted-down at a security area of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport earlier this week.
“We have been through hell this morning,” she wrote:
“We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules,” Williamson said, as she explained that her son, Aaron, has sensory processing disorder. This condition leaves people oversensitive to stimulation, including touch.
Williamson’s video clip shows a TSA agent thoroughly patting down Aaron’s arms, back and torso before moving on to the front, back as well as the inside of his legs.
“Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine,” Williamson wrote.
The screening left Aaron completely confused long after they left the security area, his mother said.
“He is still several hours later saying ‘I don’t know what I did. What did I do?’” she wrote. “I am livid.”
Williamson also claims that her son was detained for “well over an hour” and that they were deliberately kept from their flight.
In a statement released by the TSA, they defended its policy to pat-down teenage passengers.
“And in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop,” it said. The TSA said that Williamson and her son were kept for about 45 minutes, during which three additional bags were screened.
The agency also had a different take on what had happened and on the two airport police officers who were called in during the incident.
Williamson said the officers flanked her son on each side and described the exchange as “horrifying.”
“Somehow these power-tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in,” she said in the post.