A mother whose young son was detained by Transportation Security Administration agents has sparked a debate regarding the TSA’s treatment of the boy and their family, according to a video she recorded and posted on Facebook last week.
Jennifer Willamson said her son, who has an autism-like condition called sensory processing disorder, was detained at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. She added that her son Aaron and their family were “treated like dogs” during the encounter.
“We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW,” the mother wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. “We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules.”
She said that there was no reason for TSA agents officials to examine him this closely.
“He has SPD and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine,” Willamson wrote.
“He is still several hours later saying ‘I don’t know what I did. What did I do?’ I am livid. Please, share … make this viral like the other children’s videos with TSA … 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.”
The fact that we’re treating anyone like this is sick enough. The fact that we’re treating a child with a behavior disorder like this is beyond comprehension. This is disgusting.
The fact that this has been shared on Facebook nearly 86,000 times — and viewed over 5.2 million times — indicates just how fed up we are with this sort of treatment at the hands of the TSA. It’s time for a change.
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