- As a father of two small children, I empathized with her about the alleged circumstances.
- As a TSA employee and former TSO, I felt it could not be true -- especially since our policy is that TSA will not ask parents to do anything that would distance them from their children during the screening process.
After watching the video footage, you'll see the video clearly shows that this individual was never separated from her baby by TSA. You'll also see that a lot of the other claims are also unfounded.
TSA Blog Team
***Update - 10/18/09 - 7:00 PM***
On Friday, TSA posted the video footage pertaining to the portion of the process where the individual said that TSA removed her child from her presence. There are 9 camera angles of the incident which were placed into sequence to show the time frame in question. For full transparency, TSA is posting the entirety of the footage from each camera of the entire time the passenger was within camera range at the checkpoint.
Part 1 - Entering Checkpoint
Part 2 - Loading Items on X-ray
Part 3 - Waiting to be Screened (Different Angle)
Part 4 - Waiting to be Screened
Part 5 - Walking to Screening Area
Part 6 - Security Screening
Part 7 - Security Screening (Different Angle)
Part 8 - Exiting Checkpoint
Part 9 - Exiting Checkpoint (Different Angle)
Also, TSA's Atlanta Federal Security Director and the TSA blog team reached out to the individual on behalf of TSA on more than one occasion regarding the incident and have not heard back.
The individual has also acknowledged on her blog that this is her in our CCTV footage.
Thanks ~ Blogger Bob