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April 13, 2011

Screening Protocols for Children Must Be Reviewed

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the incident in New Orleans where a child was subjected to a pat down at an airport security checkpoint:

I understand that TSA has an important job to do; however, subjecting our children to pat downs must be a last resort. We need common sense procedures for screening our children. After speaking with Administrator Pistole today, I have been reassured that reviewing current pat down procedures for children is a top priority. I look forward to working with TSA on a protocol being established that would not subject children to the invasive and unnecessary pat downs like the one that occurred in New Orleans.


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