New York (WPIX)—Anti- TSA anger is mounting after the latest airport pat-down video went viral. And today the White House is taking notice of the growing furor as well.
The latest controversial TSA airport pat-down clip appears to show a child being partially strip searched by agents at the airport in Salt Lake City. In the background you can hear other passengers voicing outrage.
In another incident Tom Sawyer, a bladder cancer survivor from Michigan says he was ignored by TSA agents when he tried to explain his medical condition. As a result, his urine was spilled all over him. Sawyer says, "By the time he was done I had a round spot of urine maybe the size of a small pancake, something like that...and I had urine dribbling down into my underwear, down my leg, down my shorts."
Tensions are so high the union for TSA agents is warning passengers have become angry, belligerent, even physical; claiming one agent was even punched.
Meantime, the TSA parodies are popping up all over YouTube where the controversy is being played for laughs. But it was no comedy routine today in New Jersey with Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano. She says those invasive airport pat-downs might be modified, but not in time for Thanksgiving. At a news conference Napolitano told reporters "of course we will listen to concerns. Of course we Will make adjustments or changes when called upon." White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had this to say at the White House daily news briefing "Has all of this been done perfectly? No. If somebody feels as if they have been unduly subjected to something that they find to be far more invasive than the line of convenience and security, they should speak to a T-S-A representative at the airport."
The message was clear today from John Pistole, the head of the TSA, that major changes won't be coming for air travelers anytime soon. He posted a video clip in which he advises passengers "If you are directed to pass through an AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) you may opt out. If you choose to opt out you will receive a thorough pat down by someone of the same gender."