Can Children Get Frisked at Airports?

April 13, 2011 Updated Apr 13, 2011 at 7:41 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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April 13, 2011 Updated Apr 13, 2011 at 7:41 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

When it comes to children going through security check points they are not excluded from being pulled-aside for a pat-down. However, children under the age of 12 are subject to modified pat-downs with their guardians present.
The only time any traveler should be pulled aside for a pat-down is after an alarm is activated.

These guidelines have been questioned after a Transportation Security Administration screener frisked a six year old girl at an airport in New Orleans. TSA officials released a statement saying the officer followed procedures, however, the agency went on to say they will review their "one-size fits all" system.

The NFTA Director of Public Affairs had this to say about child who may be subjected to pat-downs during travel, "The parents are always right there with the child...so we do it in a way that it's not traumatic and it's not scary and it shouldn't cause any imposition to anybody traveling with children through the Buffalo airport."

If a traveler has any type of issue at a security check-point station TSA employees are required to call a supervisor or police officer to resolve the problem. Another thing to note is that only male screeners can handle male passengers and only female screeners are allowed to work with female customers.