Another day, another nightmare story about the TSA that will make you want to cancel your travel plans indefinitely. Especially if you have a kid. A woman named Jennifer Williamson shared a video on Facebook of her son Aaron being thoroughly pat down by a TSA official at the Dallas Fort Worth airport, despite the fact that he set off "NO alarms" and passed through the initial detector with no problems, she claims.
According to Williamson, the problems began when she requested that he not receive a pat down because he has a condition called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) that affects his nervous system. As a result, she says, "we were treated like dogs." Her son was detained for "well over an hour" causing them to miss their flight.
"I am livid," wrote Williamson on Facebook. She also shared a video of the TSA pat down in in hopes it would go viral.
But according to Williamson, this wasn't the worst of it. "I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying," she wrote. Her whole post reads:
We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight... we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD and I didn't want my child given a pat down like this. 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. He is still several hours later saying "I don't know what I did. What did I do?" I am livid. Please, share... make this viral like the other children's videos with TSA... I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.
As she had hoped, Williamson's video went viral. It has been shared over 33,000 times, wracking up thousands of comments, mostly from people horrified at the TSA agent's behavior.
Of course, there are two sides to every story. But given my own experiences with TSA and airports in general, I'm inclined to side with the mom on this one.