A disturbing photograph which shows a baby being subjected to a full body search by airport security has caused outrage after it was posted online.
The picture, which was uploaded to a social networking site, appears to show two TSA agents at Kansas City International Airport laughing as they pat down the child, who is being held in the air by his mother.
Perhaps concerned that the toddler might be smuggling weapons in his diaper, the burly security guard and his female assistant focus their attention on the lower half of the child’s body.
The shocking photograph comes just a month after the TSA were widely condemned after footage emerged of a six-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy being subjected to the searches in separate incidents at airports across America.
The TSA has now said it will review its screening policies so as not to waste resources by subjecting children to over-zealous security methods.
The image of the baby being touched down by agents was taken yesterday by fellow passenger Jacob Jester, as proof of what he thought was an ‘extreme’ measure.
TSA agents insisted on frisking the baby after his stroller beeped when it went through security.
Jester uploaded the photograph onto Twitter and wrote: ‘Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport. Pretty sure that’s extreme.’
Those who then viewed the picture were shocked at what appears to show a ridiculously over-zealous approach to airport security.
Chris Lopez responded to the photograph: ‘What’s even more terrible is the the TSA agent is smiling!’
Deb Wilker added; ‘Doesn’t get much more sickening, appalling, oppressive and unlawful than this… Frightening, disturbing, disgusting,’
Last month, pictures emerged of an eight-year-old boy being full body searched by TSA agents at airport security.
Spencer Sheahan was pulled aside and patted down by a burly TSA agent at Portland International airport as his family made their way to Disneyland.
Appalled at the treatment, his mother, Heather, took out her camera and photographed the invasive search of her little boy.
That incident came just days after a video showing a six-year-old girl being searched in New Orleans airport also caused outrage after it was posted on-line.
Selena and Todd Drexel, from Kentucky, demanded a change to the way TSA officials screens children after their daughter Anna was subject to an invasive body search.
The video shows a gloved guard feeling all over the child’s body, poking her fingers down the child’s trousers before running her hands around the waist band.
As the female guard touches the child’s bottom she says: ‘ I am touching your sensitive area with the back of my hand.’
She also runs her hands over the child’s legs, arms, chest and groin areas.
The couple, who also have a nine-year-old daughter, Grace and a two-year-old daughter Caroline, said everyone bar Caroline had to go through the airport scanner, but it was little Anna who was selected for a pat down.
A spokesman for Kansas City International Airport declined to comment on the picture of the baby being patted down.
The TSA told MailOnline a review would take place in light of the picture in the hope of ‘moving beyond a one-size fits all system’. But it insisted it stood by the actions of the agents who were pictures.
A spokesman said: ‘TSA has reviewed the screening of this family and determined that the officers involved followed proper current screening procedures.
‘Per protocol, officers had to conduct additional screening on the family after the child’s stroller alarmed during explosives screening. The family was very cooperative and the process was completed without incident.’
It continued: ‘TSA has been actively reviewing its screening policies and procedures to streamline and improve the screening experience for low-risk populations, such as younger passengers.’
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