Father and Son Argument with TSA Agent Caught on Film

Father and Son Argument with TSA Agent Caught on Film

At Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, a passenger was recently detained by a TSA agent and taken through the pat-down process. Not earth-shattering news, I realize, as this is probably a part of a typical day-in-the-life of a TSA agent. But, what makes this particular situation a little crazy is when the passenger’s son whipped out his smartphone and started recording the process.

The video shows a boy and his father going through an airport security checkpoint and the father being patted down by a TSA agent. The situation escalates when the TSA agent saw the boy filming and immediately called for an officer to remove him.

The father informed the agent that the boy is his son and the son, seeming to get a little brave for his britches, if you ask me, added that the TSA website allows filming. According to TSA’s site, filming is permitted but “taking photographs may also prompt airport police or a TSA official to ask what your purpose is.”

This situation went so far as to have a back-and-forth exchange of unpleasantries with the TSA agent saying, “I didn’t put that on the website.” The son saying, “I can show it to you, because you clearly don’t know the rules. This is unbelievable.” And, the father, getting his two-cents in, “The way you talk to people is (expletive).”

The situation ended with the father advising his son not to speak further after the TSA agent told the son, “Be careful what you say because I do have authority to take you right off this checkpoint…You don’t like this? You respect this badge right here.”

What do you think about this situation?

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