This is outside our usual zone, but a friend sent me the following this morning:
I have three children, one not much older than this girl. I’m really having a problem with this.
We spend a lot of time, especially as pediatricians, talking with children about how they should be touched. There are acceptable and unacceptable touches. More importantly, there exists only a small class of adults that a child should be comfortable being touched by at all.
I’m sorry, but a TSA security person does not fall in that group. Moreover, any parent could tell you that the TSA person in this video has no idea how to deal with a small child. The way she grabs the child, while the child is struggling, isn’t ok.
I’m all for reasonable security screening. But at some point, we’ve gone too far. We live in a society today where families don’t all live in the same town. We have to travel, with small children, more often than we’d like. And I’m sorry, but unless anyone can point me to credible evidence that people in the US have been using small children to smuggle in weapons for nefarious purposes, then the good can’t outweigh the harm here.
This child is going to remember this. Hell, I’m going to remember it, and I’m not even directly involved. And as long as we continue to make policy decisions based on apocraphyl anecdote and our “gut”, things aren’t going to get better.
That goes for health care, too.
UPDATE: Evidently, “Tribune” has made YouTube pull the video. I’d love to link to a legitimate stream if anyone can let me know of one.
UPDATE 2: A link in the comments is working for now. And I’ve made minor edits for clarity.