Video of Dallas airport TSA pat-down of young boy goes viral

Posted at 7:24 AM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 18:35:02-04

The TSA pat-down of a 13-year-old boy Sunday morning at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is sparking debate if it crossed the line.

The video was posted by the boy’s mother, Jennifer Williamson, of her son Aaron being patted down by a TSA agent at a security line.

Williamson said Aaron was detained for “well over an hour” and they were “treated like dogs.”

The livid mom says her son set off no alarms at the security line and called those involved in the pat down “power tripping TSA agents.”

TSA issued the following statement to Dallas ABC-affiliate WFAA-TV regarding the incident:

“TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.

The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.

In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother.

The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection."