If you haven’t seen this video yet, you should. This is six-year-old Anna Drexel getting a pat-down in New Orleans earlier this month. The TSA is taking a lot of heat for the rather thorough screening of this young lady.
Alright, maybe TSA Administrator John Pistole’s reaction was a little inappropriate, calling the screener to basically congratulate her on a job well done.
The Anna Drexel video looks wrong from the perspective of this parent. So, so wrong.
But I can also see the TSA’s perspective. If you exempt children from aggressive screening, then where do you draw the line? At age 12? Can your son be a terrorist at 15?
It’s a slippery slope.
So if TSA moves to a more “risk-based” system (read: profiling), then who gets profiled and who doesn’t?
It’s an important question raised by an inept federal agency, and the answer could determine how safe air travel is in the future.
By the way, if you ever get into a situation like this, don’t hesitate to reach out to our advocacy team.