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Posted on 11/22/2010 3:06:22 PM PST by ranair34
TSA Agent Takes Child From Parent
As I sit and write this post, 24 hours after this event took place, my hands still shake with rage and with terror.
I woke up this morning to my husbands alarm clock, sat straight up in bed and thought Wheres Jackson? with fear paralyzing me.
My worst nightmare took place yesterday. Worse than events that have taken place and that I have survived in my short 28 years of living. Worse than my wildest of dreams could conjure.
My son was taken from me.
My son was taken from me by the TSA agents at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport yesterday.
He was taken away from me and OUT OF MY SIGHT because his pacifier clip went off when I carried him through the metal detector.
According to the Transportation Security Administration website, We will not ask you to do anything that will separate you from your child or children.
You took my son. MY SON.
Heres what took place minute by terrifying minute
I had Jackson in his stroller, his diaper bag, and a duffle bag which contained my mac book as I entered security. I placed all of these items on the conveyor belt to go through the metal detector. Jackson was in my arms, and in the midst of getting all of our gear on the conveyor belt, my mistake was neglecting to take off my sons pacifier clip that hangs from his shirt, which is metal.
The instant I walked through the metal detector with Jackson in my arms, we beeped. I knew exactly why.
I told the TSA agent, who asked me to back up and walk through again, Its my sons pacifier clip, can I put it on the conveyor belt?
Maam turn around and come back please, I was told.
Of course Jacksons clip went off again. Both Jackson and I were then escorted to a 6 ft tall plastic holding box because I was forced to wait for a female TSA agent to search me.
At this point in time, all of my belongings were sitting at the opposite end of the conveyor belt, thereby backing up every other passengers belongings because I was not there to gather mine.
A woman out of the kindness of her heart (and if you are out there somewhere reading this, THANK YOU) saw me just standing and waiting in my 6 ft plastic box and gathered my belongings for me. She waited with my stroller, my diaper bag, my duffle bag and my mac book. This woman motioned to me that everything (including my flip flops) was all together and then she left.
She must be a mother.
I was so grateful.
4 female TSA agents stood at the end of 2 conveyor belts, gloves on their hands, none of them searching anyone, none of them doing anything but watching luggage pass through the conveyor belts.
It was at this point in time that I realized my flight was leaving in less than 45 minutes. I had not even been searched yet. I began to panic.
Through the 6 holes in the plastic box that contained Jackson and I, I began asking for help. I waved to all 4 female TSA agents, each of them looked at me and then looked away. Then I started speaking through the 6 holes, and said, Can someone please search me? My flight leaves in less than 45 minutes.
Each of the 4 women answered me using the same exact phrase
Maam you need to wait. I dont care about your departure time.
Eventually one of the four female TSA agents opened the door and let Jackson and I out of our plastic containment box. We were escorted to a chair that was opposite from where my belongings were. I asked if I could bring my belongings over or take a seat closer to where they were. I was told no and to take my seat.
At this point in time, my heart began to race, thinking we would miss our flight and I would be stuck in the Atlanta airport with Jackson for who knows how long until there was another flight to Baltimore.
The female TSA agent stood in front of me while I sat with Jackson and she continued to watch luggage come through the conveyor belt.
Maam, can someone please just search me so we can be on our way? We are going to miss our flight, I said.
The female agent then called an older gentleman, also a TSA agent over. The male TSA agent stood in front of me and said Im going to have to pat down your son.
With Jackson still sitting in my lap (he was being so good despite all of this chaos) I said ok and continued to hold on to my son, expecting the male TSA agent to start touching Jackson.
He then told me, Im going to have to pick him up to inspect him.
I rolled my eyes and sternly told him Its his pacifier clip that went off, cant you just run that back through the belt and let us go. We are going to miss our flight.
The female TSA agent, who had been standing there the entire time said to me, You need to adjust your attitude and do as you are told.
The male TSA agent repeated, Im going to have to pick him up to inspect him.
I handed him my son.
I handed him my son and he walked away with my child.
My eyes welled up with tears, I stood up from my chair and I asked the female TSA agent, Where is he going? Where is he taking my child? Why is he leaving?
Jackson, while being whisked away looked at the male TSA agent awkwardly and repeated no no no no.
I started crying.
The female TSA agent did not answer me.
Panic set in. My hands began to shake. My body was sweating. My breath was short and my heart was racing.
They had taken my child and not told me.
Jackson was out of my eye sight.
I could not see my son.
Now sobbing, I repeated my questions to the female TSA agent.
She told me Maam, were trying to be nice to you. We dont know which one of you went off in the metal detector. Stay here so I can search you.
But my son where is my son? I asked over and over again.
The female TSA agent called a second female TSA agent over as she began to search me. Apparently the second female TSA agent could hear me protesting and asking for my son.
Maam you need to calm down or Im going to have to involve the authorities, she told me.
Now I was pissed.
Horrified. Terrified. Enraged.
You fucking get the authorities, I told the female TSA agent while the other continued to wand me and forced me to unbutton my jeans because the button beeped when she went over my abdomen with her wand.
You get the goddamn authorities right the fuck now and tell them to GIVE ME MY SON, I said.
I began to black out. I knew I was having a full on panic attack. I feared passing out.
I was told to take my seat again, after being searched, but I was not allowed to collect my belongings.
My cell phone was within reach and I grabbed it without being seen by the TSA agents.
I called my husband. I do not remember what I told him on the phone in terms of Jackson and what took place.
I do recall asking him to calm me down because I could not breathe. As a father, he couldnt. I imagine any father would do the same. Paul had questions, tons of questions. Questions that I was not capable of answering because I literally was losing my breath and on the verge of blacking out.
I hung up and called my mother.
Jacksons gone, I remember telling her. I do not remember what she said in return, but she instantly could tell I was having a panic attack. She began breathing with me on the phone in an attempt to calm me down.
She told me, Nic, youre going to have to stop crying. You need to be strong for Jackson. Hes going to be that much more scared if he sees mommy so upset. In through your nose out through your mouth I think she may have counted, or had me count, I dont know.
Jackson was still gone.
My guess is that all of this took place within a period of 10 minutes or less.
It felt like hours days even.
My son was gone.
Sobbing and seated, I watched both female TSA agents walk away from me and go back to monitoring luggage come through the conveyor belt.
Finally the male TSA agent who took Jackson brought him back.
Jackson was in my sight and immediately started yelling, Mommy!
I was hysterical.
Running to my son and grabbing him from the male TSA agents arms, I sobbed and yelled obscenities at every single TSA agent who stood guard at the end of the conveyor belts.
One of them asked me if I wanted to speak to a supervisor.
Through tears I told him (or her, I dont remember) that I had a flight I was about to miss.
With Jackson in my arms, I gathered our belongings, through him in the stroller and ran to the elevator that took us down to the tram to take us to our concourse where our plane waited.
Sobbing as we traveled down the elevator, then during the tram ride, and up the next elevator to our concourse, I began running to our gate. I approached two female Delta agents at the desk of gate B-25.
How much time do I have before this flight leaves? I asked, knowing I needed to get to a bathroom due to my panic attack.
Looking at me concerned, I was told I had 5 minutes.
I ran to the bathroom. I placed Jackson on the diaper changing station with his juice and then I hit the floor. I could not see. I had no peripheral vision.
Channeling my mother, thinking of my phone call with her, I began to calm down.
I had an emergency Xanax in my jeans pocket. I always carry an emergency Xanax in my pocket. The result of severe anxiety.
I took the pill, but it did very little. I was so traumatized that it wouldve taken probably 4 Xanax to get my blood pressure back down to a normal level.
Splashing my face with cold water, then grabbing Jackson, I ran back to gate B-25.
Both female Delta agents looked at me and asked how they could help. I told them that my ticket had me at an aisle seat and if I could switch to a window (Jackson LOVES the window).
They told me that if I didnt mind sitting at the back of the plane, they could give me an entire row to myself.
I started crying again. I told them a shortened version of what had just taken place and how grateful I was for their kindness.
One of the female Delta agents walked me down the jetway, helping me with the stroller and getting it a gate-claim ticket.
I hugged her. I thanked her. I got on the plane.
I had my son and we were on the plane.
I called my mother again, telling her briefly that I was on and to please call Paul. I didnt remember that I had spoken to Paul earlier, and thought he did not know any of what had taken place.
Mom said she would call Paul and tell him everything. She reminded me that I had my son and we were on our way home.
Both Jackson and I slept during the flight. I held him so close that when he woke up, his head was drenched in sweat.
Our nightmare ended once the plane landed in Baltimore. Jackson and I exited, walked out of the concourse and Jackson demanded to get out of the stroller.
He ran to his daddy.
We were home.
Im unsure how to end this post. I do not know what my story will lead to (if anything) but I needed to do more than file a complaint or write a letter. My hope is that this post of mine will be read by mothers and fathers, passed along to parents traveling with their children most of all, my hope is that NO PARENT HAS THEIR CHILD TAKEN FROM THEM.
TSA TOOK MY SON IN ATLANTA HARTSFIELD-JACKSON AIRPORT.
THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANY PARENT. EVER.
Sorry, but I would have called 911 while they were trying to pry my son from my arms. Why didn’t she call 911 instead of her mom?
I’ve seen women separated from their children by TSA myself. In a crowded airport. And no, the TSA folks were not minding the children while the mom was being searched, and she couldn’t see them, and didn’t know where they were. She was frantic.
And my flight be damned. I wouldn’t have left the airport until the TSA flunkies were in handcuffs. Flights can be rescheduled.
So, there you have it ~ testimony that IRS is less abusive than TSA.
As far as I am concerned anybody that forcefully takes a child from a parent is kidnapping.
The TSA clones are in a panic and this is a natural reaction from undereducated-but-overtrained tinhorns.
The female TSA agent, who had been standing there the entire time said to me, You need to adjust your attitude and do as you are told.
I've seen this type of intimidation tactic used many times by TSA and well before the current tense situation. Female TSA staff rely on this paper tiger routine more often than their male counterparts but both are prone to threatening to detain people until they miss their flight. It's the perfect revenge since the hapless passenger can't prove the TSA did it intentionally and the TSA can simply claim that their screening took longer than expected.
How would a person Not know a TSA employee wasn’t a released pedophile? 911 should have been the proper response when the baby was taken out of her sight!!!
She took the Xanax afterward!!! My gosh pay attention! And what do you think 911 in the Atlanta airport would have done? NOTHING!!!
Poor woman. My heart goes out to her. The outrageous stories are just piling up and up. What next?
With a response like that I imagine the mother and the TSA agent were not of the same race.
This infuriates me..... As a father of 6 and grandfather of 3 I would have ended up in jail had I been there. I will never fly again, never.
I believe this story has been debunked..........at least the part where the TSA took her baby away.
” The female TSA agent, who had been standing there the entire time said to me, You need to adjust your attitude and do as you are told. .... Nazism ....
No self-respecting person should stand for this.
No self-respecting person should stand for this.
Day by day we see the outrage over public humiliations as American citizens are searched as though they are criminals while the president deliberately ignores the millions of illegal aliens and porous borders that allow terrorists to hide in our midst.
If this story is true then she gave him the child assuming the TSA agent would do a quick check right there in her presence.
She was surprised when he took her child away, as would anyone else be.
So I don't fault her in any way. Who would have thought to ask the TSA agent:
Before I hand my child over to you can you assure me that you will inspect my child here in front of me and not take my child to some other area?
Of course children this young should not be frisked in any case, but the woman (if this story is true) did nothing to be faulted for.
You need to adjust your attitude and do as you are told.
Maam you need to calm down or Im going to have to involve the authorities,
So if they take your baby out of your sight, you are supposed to DO AS YOU ARE xxxxxxx TOLD!
They have as much humanity in them as the SS.
Story sounds very similar to one that Karl Denninger has on his Market Ticker, but he says look at the date of the article. It’s more than a year old.
This is hideous.
She probably didn’t call 911 because (a) she knew they wouldn’t help her and (b) she’s 28 and was completely freaked out because she’s a nice person and this is America and things like this shouldn’t be happening to her here.
Oh, ok, they didn’t take her baby away, so the rest of it is okay then, right?
They probably took him away only briefly, but even so, the whole thing should never have happened. There’s nothing to “debunk.”
“woman did nothing to be faulted for”
In any normal times, no.
But we are clearly no longer in normal times. We cannot trust what we used to trust.
Give the public uncertainty, anxiety, fear, panic. That’ll make them submit to the great power of the federal government. A few years of that, and the public will be ready to do whatever the federal government asks it.
And should be prosecuted!
Boycott flying for even one week, en masse, should stop the madness, or comply and pave the way to tyranny. Shocked no one is organizing a boycott.
That's the best you can do?
I would ban you from FR had I the power. You believe, and that's supposed to be good enough? Yeah. This was just some young mother with a creative imagination. What Communist Obama Suck-up site did you pick your "belief" up from. You won't even give a link. SHAME!
"You can't professionalize unless you federalize," agreed ex-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
Almost makes you want to fashion a suppository out of the Federal Register, doesn't it?
(Source is sketchy in my opinion)
I guess this is TSA pervert sensitivity: Never molest the baby in front of his mother.
Whatever, it sure doesn't speak well for Blogger Bob and his friends. First the woman shown here has to cool her heels in some isolation booth fo a minute or two while seemingly no one pays attention to her. The she is subject to repeated spread eagle wanding. It's sort of a mystery watching this why they ever let this threat to society proceed on her way.
Where did say because part of the story was not true the rest is ok ?
She confirms it is her and her kidlet shown in the video, on this website:
I tend to “dilute” dramatic experience stories from other people by about 20-40%. Many people tend to over-dramatize and embellish their experiences that are already dramatic enough. That said, I also dilute the other party’s story - in this case the TSA - as well, if it’s a two-party drama.
I was very confused by the incredibly long “wanding”/search toward the end. This alone would have ticked me off. But, I did not buy this woman’s full story. Sorry as I am for her and her kid, it didn’t add up. I’m also not trusting the TSA’s version. At all. Please don’t mistake my disbelief for being lax in my outrage at the TSA in general. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH with their unlawful searches!
This happened over a year ago...I will do some digging to see if this was ever fully resolved.
I will not be waiting for a apology as you are probably not man enough to admit you were wrong in your post to me
You're right. You get no apology from me. Maybe you noticed that someone else posted something useful here concerning this, and I thanked him. He didn't tell me he had a "belief." Beliefs about the good intentions of government leeches are just too liberal for me.
"Its true that the video posted on Friday was edited but it was edited for length and, well, boringness, not to mislead. Theyve since added an update, with 9 separate videos, showing the complete feeds from each of the cameras that caught any view of any part of the incident, from the time she first appears in a cameras view until shes out of its range. Theyre complete feeds, without any gaps, and the timestamps match as she moves from one cameras view to the next. Her son is in her arms from the time she picks him up after putting his stroller on the conveyor belt until she sits down with him on her lap in the screening area; after hes patted down while seated on her lap, she, not the TSA agent, picks him up again and puts him in the stroller and secures him there. And there he stays, during the entirety of her screening; there are a couple of times when the TSA agent performing the screening obscures the cameras view of the child, but not for more than 2-5 seconds at a time, which is longer than it took her to buckle him in in the first place, and as soon as the agent moves you can see that the child is still buckled in the stroller.
After her screening, you can see her pick up her stuff and get everything together to leave, and then in another cameras view, you can see a distant back view of the screening, and watch her assemble the stuff and exit the screening area completely, pushing the kid in the stroller.
There is just no time for the events she described to have occurred. The timestamps match, and there are no gaps in the movements of other people as there would be if footage were cut, and if someone is good enough at CGI to fake this, they arent making government wages."
*I added the paragraphs so it's easier to read*
This is just another opinion and I do not accept it as fact since I haven't watched all 9 videos in their entirety. But it's interesting. Sort of. :)
And once again, don't assume I am defending the TSA by following this story and trying to get to the bottom of it.
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