What should have been a simple pass through security left 4-year-old Isabella Brademeyer terrified and traumatized, reportedly thanks to the TSA. The little girl was at the Wichita, Kansas, airport earlier this month and was deemed a “high security threat,” after she went and ran to her grandmother. Isabella had apparently rushed to give her grandma a hug when she was detained after the scanners gave off an alarm when she went through them.
Then the little girl was detained and underwent a search as well. Mom Michelle Brademeyer said that…“It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.” And the mother made references to agents declaring that they had “seen a gun in a teddy bear.” The irate mother went to Facebook (via Christian Post) and posted about the situation saying, “First, a TSO began yelling at my child and demanded she too must sit down and await a full body pat-down. I was prevented from coming any closer, explaining the situation to her, or consoling her in any way. The TSO refused to let my daughter pass through the scanners once more, to see if she would set off the alarm.”
“My child, who was obviously terrified, had no idea what was going on, and the TSOs involved made no attempt to explain it to her. They told her she had to come to them alone, and spread her arms and legs. She screamed, ‘No! I don’t want to!’ then did what any frightened young child might, she ran the opposite direction,” her Facebook page read.
The mother wrote that, “my child was shaking and crying uncontrollably, she did not want to stand still and let strangers touch her. The TSO loomed over my daughter, with an angry grimace on her face, and ordered her to stop crying.”
The TSA also reportedly said that if she didn’t comply they would have to close the airport. In the end the mother and daughter had side-by-side searches. But the mother is not letting this situation go. saying, “I feel compelled to share this story in the hope that no other child will have to share in this experience.”
Do you think the TSA needs to make even more exceptions for kids traveling through security or is this one of the sacrifices we must make for safer travels?
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