According to Gawker, a four-year-old boy was busted with the components of a real handgun (not a plastic toy one) hidden within with toys. And the TSA, they just let him and his father off the hook. Seriously?
I’m sorry, but the idea of a four-year-old child traveling with a gun, albeit a disassembled one at that, is wrong on so many levels. So what happened, how did this kid get caught and why were they allowed to continue to their flight?
The child allegedly was passing through Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport on Monday with his father. When the boy’s carry-on bag was X-rayed, a TSA agent discovered a gun that has been taken apart in three pieces. According to CNN the pieces included a “frame of a .40-caliber firearm, a magazine with two .40-caliber rounds, a firing pin and a slide, would form a complete gun when re-assembled.”
The pieces were hidden within a teddy bear, a rabbit stuffy and a Mickey Mouse toy. And dad? He claimed her was “unaware” that his preschooler was packin’. But the boy and the dad were not held and were allowed to board their plane because the TSA believed that the situation was a “result of a domestic dispute,” said Rhode Island Airport Police Chief Leo D. Messier.” The man’s wife will reportedly be contacted in regards to the event. But as of now, there aren’t much in the way of details, just the vague tale of a boy, a gun, and the TSA.
The TSA patted themselves on the back saying, “This is just another example that threats can appear anywhere, and this is why TSA officers take a closer look at everything. It’s also an example that shows that even though TSA has modified the screening process for children 12 and under, the security process is still just as effective.”
Do you think that there should have been a deeper investigation before letting the boy and his dad continue their travels?