Is This Necessary? TSA Pats Down Three-Year-Old in a Wheelchair

A toddler in a body cast is searched on his way to Disney World.
Mar 19, 2012
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

A video is making its way around the web today of a toddler in a wheelchair getting a pat-down by the TSA. Not only is he just three years old, but he's also wearing a body cast. While the boy was getting checked for explosives, his father, Matt DuBeil, explains the boy was visibly shaken, yet his family couldn't go near him.

The video is from 2010, but the boy's father told MSNBC he felt incensed to post it on YouTube over the weekend.

It doesn’t matter when it was. That’s the TSA and that is my son. And he is wearing a body cast. The TSA agent did the best he could with a ridiculous situation, but someone should have stepped in and said, 'That’s enough.'

Here's the video his father took of the pat-down:

This isn't the first time the TSA has caught our attention for how they screen passengers. They've infamously patted down a baby in Kansas City, forced a woman to use her breast pump to prove it was real, and made a cancer survivor remove her prosthetic breast.

Is this really necessary and how far is too far? Share us your thoughts on the TSA's tactics in the comments below.

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