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TSA screeners in New Orleans patted down 6-year-old Anna Drexel.

Mother Selena Drexel says most other passengers near them in the queue were able to pass through security normally.

“For some reason Anna was selected for a pat-down, I can only speculate as to why,” Selena told ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning.

“I did ask for alternatives. I did ask for her to be rescanned,” Selena adds. “They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do.”

The girl says “I don’t want to,” the same reaction I have when dealing with TSA.

TSA, as usual, defended the unquestionable powers of its agents:

Yes. TSA has reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures.

Source: TSA under fire for enhanced patdown of 6-year-old girl


Rep. Sharon Cissna, a breast-cancer survivor, refused an intrusive full-body search and decided to take a boat instead.

Cissna, D-Anchorage, is a cancer survivor who has had a mastectomy. She underwent the full-body scan at the Seattle airport but was singled out for a further pat-down search, her second within three months.

Having vowed to never endure the pat-down procedure again, she decided to take a rental car and small airplane from Seattle to Prince Rupert, B.C., and from there, a two-day ferry ride to Juneau.