A mother claims that the Transportation Security Administration gave her son a ‘horrifying’ experience at the DFW International Airport on Sunday.
Jennifer Williamson’s son, who has a sensory processing disorder, was pulled aside by the TSA to undergo proper procedures due to an alarm regarding the passenger’s laptop.
Williamson said she had asked the TSA to “screen him in other ways,” but the TSA continued to follow approved procedures. She claims that both her son and she were kept for more than an hour which forced them to miss their flight.
The TSA, however, countered that claim in a statement, saying that Jennifer and her son, Aaron, were kept for about 45 minutes and the pat down itself only lasted about two minutes in total.
Williamson took to Facebook and wrote a post about the experience. She also posted a video showing the pat-down on her son.
“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,” Williamson wrote.
By the next day, Williamson’s post had about 26,000 shares.
The TSA said in a statement, “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.”
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