Transportation Security Administration officials say they did nothing wrong in a pat-down search of a 4-year-old girl at a Kansas airport a few days ago. But the youth's mother and grandmother say the child became hysterical during the examination.
What 4-year-old would not be frightened out of her wits in such a situation?
It happened after the child hugged her grandmother at the airport. Presumably, TSA agents have been trained to suspect that in such cases, contraband may have been transferred to a child.
So perhaps it was all "by the book." But what if the "book" is wrong? Surely some means of handling the situation without terrifying a child could have been found.