Mother of Boy Detained for New TSA Pat Down Shares Her Story with Keeler
Jennifer Williamson and her family were traveling from Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport to San Diego for a family vacation. That trip was unexpectedly delayed when her 13-year-old son, Aaron, was pulled aside for a new invasive pat down policy by the TSA.
Williamson posted a video of the encounter on her Facebook page and it immediately went viral. It currently has been shared over 106,000 times, and has garnered over 67,000 comments. Many people feel the pat down was excessive. Some even called the act, "creepy."
Williamson joined us on 'First News with Keeler in the Morning' on Thursday to talk more about the ordeal. One of her biggest concerns was the agent who was searching her son.
you can see it appears the agent is looking down the back of his pants
Williamson says, "I was appalled at how many times this man went over my son and how the back of his waistband was opened, his shirt was pulled up the back." She goes on to claim that in the video, "you can see it appears the agent is looking down the back of his [her son's] pants."
Not all comments on her going public about this encounter were positive and supportive. Some people question her motives and some even claim she was "blowing this out of proportion." Williamson says, "I know there have been a smaller group of people who question the motives of my going public with the video but my intention has always been to initiate change."
One of the twists to this story is the condition Aaron Williamson lives with. He has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. After the incident Aaron could only keep repeating "What did I do wrong?"
There is a silver lining in all of this. Williamson has received a response from the TSA. In fact they reached out and asked her to advise them on how to modify policies currently in place. Williamson says, "They [TSA] have asked if I would be willing to join their Disabilities and Medical Condition Coalition. This will provide me with the opportunity to engage in regular dialogue to influence and inform the TSA on minor modifications that may help certain passengers."
Williamson states that Aaron has had to deal with bullies, and that she just cant say enough about what an amazing kid he is stating; "He already has experienced bullying for being a ballet dancer and advocates for that so he is really a unique and thoughtful kid."
You can hear the full interview with Jennifer on 'First News with Keeler' below.