The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is defending the pat-down of a 13-year-old boy by a TSA officer at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that led to the outrage of the boy’s mother and thousands of people who viewed the video of the incident through Facebook, according to a report by 100% Fed Up.
In the video, it showed the TSA officer giving the boy an extensive and rigorous pat-down. In a prepared statement, however, the TSA said that the officer only followed procedures to “resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.”
Jennifer Williamson, the boy’s mother, said in her Facebook post that she asked TSA agents at the airport to screen her son in another way because he has special needs.
Instead, she claimed that they were “treated like dogs” and were forced to miss their flight because of the delay caused by the extensive security check.
The video posted on Williamson’s Facebook page has since gone viral and has been viewed nearly 6 million times.