Parents of 6-Year-Old Girl Pat Down at Airport Want Procedures Changed
Selena and Todd Drexel Say They're 'Struggling to Explain' Screening to Daughter
April 13, 2011
The family of the 6-year-old girl who received a pat down at airport security in New Orleans said today there needs to be a different screening process for children.
Drexel and her husband, Dr. Todd Drexel, of Bowling Green, Ky., appeared this morning in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America.""We struggle to teach our kids to protect themselves, to say 'no, it's not ok to touch me in this way in this area," the girl's mother, Selena Drexel, said. "Yet here we are saying it's ok for these people." If we don't find other ways we're making them more vulnerable, she said.
A video of the couple's daughter going through the screening went viral on the Internet, getting thousands of views on sites like YouTube. It shows a TSA agent rubbing the young girl's inner thighs and running her fingers inside the top of the girl's blue jeans.
The Drexels said they stood powerless, watching as their daughter was patted down.
"I did ask for alternatives, I asked for her to be rescanned," Selena Drexel said. "They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do."
Selena Drexel said she could only speculate as to why the 6-year-old was selected for the pat down. She said that the TSA supervisor made it clear "non-verbally" that there would be trouble if she caused a fuss.
The girl's father said that while his daughter was polite and respectful during the screening, she broke down into tears afterwards.
"Initially she was just confused," Todd Drexel said. "She really didn't understand what she had done wrong." He said he and his wife struggled with how to explain to their child what had happened after teaching her previously it was not ok to be touched in certain places. "Now she's been pat down in a public setting, in an airport."
The family was leaving New Orleans Armstrong International Airport when the incident happened on April 5. The Drexels have two other children, a 9-year-old and a 2-year-old.
The TSA said it has reviewed the tape and that the "officer followed proper current screening procedures." They added they "are exploring additional ways to focus its resources and move beyond a one-sized-fits-all system."
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What we are really saying is, ethically, morally, you are in a shit pot of trouble.
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Taking a break maybe.
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Whom The Bell Tolls
I think the old man's name was Anselmo. He had the insight, even during a revolution, that killing a man was not like killing a rabbit.
He did what he did, but not with joy. He did it, with sadness.
Hem was a great writer, albeit with some real b.s. involved.
But those passages are what I love about that man.
The universe has a memory.
Obviously ratshit is no Anselmo.ReplyDelete
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No man worthy of respect would permit such a state of affairs to go unavenged.
That the posters of the EB that have never sacrificed for, or even served the flag, nor the Republic for which it stands, refuse to discuss the policy issues facing our country, while attempting to assassinate my character, proves that most of the positions I take are the right ones.
They exemplify the liberal mindset, as set forth by Al Gore:
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I'm trying to figure out how to get her a horse, and teaching her what I know about Literature. She is responsive, the joy of my heart.
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Just as you told us your daughter was raped.
Your lack of veracity is unmatched, here at the EB.
Chances are better than not that your daughter was not raped, at all.
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You get off on playing the victim, which may be why your extended family has abandoned you.ReplyDelete
As you sleep alone, in a cold bed, in a two-bit college condo.
If those stories are even true.
While you support the TSA goons groping the girl.ReplyDelete
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It is to be used for our entertainment.
As far as I am concerned.
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... a Louisville Slugger once to each knee ...
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I would not have let her touch any child of mine. I am bewildered that the parents did allow it, maybe they were in shock.
The Nazis and Communists learned early on that a monster who behaves outrageously leaves his victims in shock.ReplyDelete
Because the educational and social fabrics of the United States have been decaying for decades, most of the monsters think they are righteous. Once one is able to see other human beings as just so much jelly in a Petri dish, mere abuse is no problem at all. They, and the country, will only be disabused of these horrific fallicies by the application of terrifying counterforce. Count on it.