Mother ‘Livid’ Over ‘Horrifying’ TSA Pat-Down of Her Son with Special Needs

DALLAS — The mother of a disabled boy says her son is still in shock after he was put through an overly thorough airport security check.

Mom Jennifer Williamson posted a video to Facebook on Sunday that shows her son Aaron being patted down by a TSA agent in the security line at Dallas Forth Worth airport.

The official appears to pat the boy down in several areas more than once, and it makes for some pretty uncomfortable viewing.

In an accompanying post, Williamson accused the TSA of treating her family like dogs and traumatizing her son.

Williamson said Aaron has Sensory Processing Disorder, a condition that causes sensations to be incorrectly processed by the nervous system. This can lead someone with SPD to feel distressed or have inappropriate responses to being touched.

With that in mind, Williamson said she asked officials not to pat down her son.

She said he passed through a metal detector without the alarm going off. But the TSA agents went ahead anyway.

A livid Williamson said her son still doesn’t understand what he did wrong. What’s more, the process resulted in the family missing their original flight.

The video has been viewed more than 6 million times on Facebook. While some online commentators said the TSA agents were just doing their jobs, the overwhelming response was one of anger.

Jennifer Williamson : We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight… we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. He is still several hours later saying “I don’t know what I did. What did I do?” I am livid. Please, share… make this viral like the other children’s videos with TSA… I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side. Somehow these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.

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