TSA Comes Under Fire For Searching 8-Month-Old Baby

The Transportation Security Administration has sparked controversy after photos of 2 agents patting down an 8-month-old baby at Kansas City International Airport were posted on Twitter.


Jacob Jester was waiting to board a flight to Albuquerque on Saturday when he noticed TSA agents ‘patting a baby down from top to bottom’.

The Metro pastor took a picture of the scene and uploaded the picture to Twitter, where it received a huge response, saying

“Just saw #tsa agents patting down a little baby at @KCIAirport. Pretty sure that’s extreme.”

It was so popular that the tweet has had over 140,000 views since he posted it.

“I understand that my security is at stake. I appreciate TSA trying to make flying more secure. But I wouldn’t want it to happen to my son,” Mr. Jester told

The TSA later released the following statement:

“TSA has reviewed the screening of this family and determined that the officers involved followed proper current screening procedures. After the child’s stroller alarmed during explosives screening, officers followed protocol to conduct additional screening on members of the family, who were very cooperative.”

“While children are not exempt from security screening, Administrator [John] Pistole has tasked the agency with exploring additional ways to focus its resources and move beyond a one-size fits all system while maintaining a high level of security. As part of this effort, 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.”

During a recent trip to the Caribbean, I was surprised when security at Toronto’s Pearson Airport swabbed both of my son’s(2 &5) hands. We live in a world now where airport security can’t trust anyone. While it was odd to have my young sons checked for hazardous residue, it felt good knowing they are checking everyone thoroughly.  Bad people are very creative so now in order to keep us safe – security has to do more.

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Lisa Arneill

Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!


  • So terrorists will hide bombs in their shoes and underpants, and have no problem blowing themselves up, but they wouldn’t put one on a baby? Safety is safety people. You can’t draw a line somewhere because those people are animals and there are no lines that they will not cross.

  • Yes, it might be extreme, but we have to remember that we are dealing with EXTREMISTS. I wouldn’t mind my child being pat down, but no x-ray machine!

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