Saturday, April 7, 2012

TSA Worker Pat Down Not What It Seems (by anon)

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.   


  1. Yeah I agree people have been over-freaking out about TSA patdowns. I just got patted down at the Madison airport during Spring Break and it was not a big deal. I mean, it's not fun to have to stand there and get patted, but they are real professional and you can tell they have heard the criticisms because he told me explicitly where he was gonna pat down as he was doing it. I guess they do it so there are no surprises and homophobes don't flip out so bad when they put theyre hands in ur waistband, hah.
    People need to suck it up. If you get patted it's 2 minutes out your life. It's done for everyone's safety so just accept it. I'm not saying the system couldn't be improved, but it's not worth everyone freaking out about. The TSA agents didn't enjoy it any more than I did, trust me.

  2. TSA is merely security theater and a jobs program for unemployable misfits. After sixty billion dollars over eight years they can't cite one success. In two separate GAO tests in 2011, TSA failed to detect weapons 70% of the time while 60% of the freight in the cargo-hold remains unscreened. They confiscate items their website says are allowed but four of their screeners were caught smuggling drugs, which could have as easily been explosives, through security,

    There have been 12 TSA screeners arrested this year including four last week. Another 72 TSA screeners were arrested in 2011 for crimes, including eleven sex crimes involving children. TSA can’t prevent crime within their ranks but want us to trust them with airport security.

    It’s pretty creepy that the wholesale sexual assault on women is being sponsored by a blatantly gay woman. Napolitano claims empathy for the women being molested but doesn't have to endure it. Incredibly, everyone seems to ignore this obvious fact.

    This agency is a national disgrace and complete failure. The lack of responsible management enables many abuses, crimes and failures to continue to occur. TSA is too broken to be reformed and must be replaced with something that actually works.

  3. The "Theoretical Safety Agency" is doing their job, of course. Making you feel like it's a good idea to allow yourself to be searched for being a traveler. You are guilty and should be searched regularly. I'm glad that you get searched. I personally don't fly anywhere and if I have to travel a long distance I would prefer any form of transportation which does not cause me to be treated like a felon. Here's a little tidbit for you: everything you need to blow up a plane is already on the plane. A couple thousand gallons of fuel and pressurized oxygen tanks come to mind. If you want to feel safe do what I do: stay home. My testicles are at heightened security at all times and I don't feel the need to lower the security (for certain) of every individuals body parts in order to raise (in an illusory manner) the security at air ports.