Outrage as baby subjected to intensive security search at airport

Katy Holland



An eight-month old baby who was subjected to an intensive security search at a US international airport has sparked fresh outrage at airport security practises. Scroll down to see the video.

Images of the baby receiving a 'pat down' at Kansas City airport were posted on Twitter by a Jacob Jester, a fellow traveller who saw the incident.


Jester was standing in the security queue when he noticed a woman being held up by the TSA, Australian news site news.com.au reports.

Jester took a photo of the pat down and posted it to his Twitter account, with the message: 'Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport. Pretty sure that's extreme.'

The photo has sparked outrage and debate, and has already been viewed more than 300,000 times.

The Transport Security Administration has maintained a policy of a 'modified' pat down for children 12 or younger, but this isn't the first time a pat down of a child has sparked debate. In April, a passenger took a video of a six-year-old child being subjected to an intensive search at New Orleans Airport, kindling a debate about the unnecessary severity of security checks on children. See the video here.

The story prompted a debate on AOL Travel and a poll in which the question was asked whether aiport security charges become too invasive. More than 5,000 people voted, with 73% saying that they had.

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