A video was posted on YouTube Saturday morning that got over 500,000 views and has been stirring up controversy. The video is from back in the spring of 2010 where a young boy with a broken leg in a wheelchair is being patted down by a TSA worker at the airport. His father none other than Chicago radio personality Matt DuBiel took the video footage of his son being patted down and said he felt angered when watching the video. He also wrote captions on the video such as “I was trying to comfort my son but the TSA officer said I could NOT touch him at all.”
The reason I am pissed about this video is because it annoys me when people act stupid and take things out of context. So what your kid is getting patted down at the airport? Wouldn’t you rather be safe and have the TSA workers actually “do their job” instead of complaining that the worker was harassing your son. The thing about his allegations is that they are totally false, he first told the newspapers that the incident happened at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, which it didn’t. It happened at Midway airport, also when you watch the video of his son being patted down he looks like he is handling it very well and the TSA officer is being very friendly to the child.
The part of the video that stirred up so much controversy is the fact that the father added subtitles to the video that made the situation seem so much worse than it really was. Another caption the father added on the video was “he wouldn’t let me hold my son’s hand, so my son had to pretend this was “ok” and not panic.” Sir your son was fine, I don’t know what video you were watching but your son is not panicking at all; if anyone is panicking it is you, not him. The biggest factor in the whole ordeal that really pisses me off is that it happened in spring of 2010; no till September 2011 did the TSA change their rules on being more lenient when patting down smaller children. That is why I can’t believe he is making a big deal about this; it’s not like this happened in 2011 when the rule for being more lenient was in place. No, it happened in 2010 when there rules were to pat everyone down the same, heaven for bid the TSA worker actually follows the rules and does their job.
As a person who personally flies a lot, I am happy that he patted down this kid in a wheelchair because that is exactly the place a person would keep an explosive device or something like that. This is because most people would not expect a small boy in a wheelchair to actually cause any harm to anyone, not saying that they do but you never know what will happen in this world today. On top of complaining that TSA workers harassed his son, when he posted the video to YouTube he titled it “TSA nabs suspected Al Queda terrorist.” Seriously, this father really had the nerve to title this video including Al Queda’s name. That is the one part of this story I find very unprofessional and really disrespects the TSA workers and the job that they do to help keep us safe. I hope this father grows some sense and realizes that TSA workers aren’t there to try and harass your son; they are there to protect the citizens of America.