KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) –  Federal officials insisted Wednesday that screeners at Kansas City International Airport were just doing their jobs when they frisked a baby, an incident that gained worldwide attention after a pastor posted a cellphone picture of the pat-down on Twitter.

The baby’s stroller set off an alert of possible traces of explosives Saturday, so the screeners were justified in taking a
closer look at the boy cradled in his mother’s arms, said Nick Kimball, a spokesman for the Transportation Security

The Rev. Jacob Jester, an Independence evangelist who snapped the photo Saturday after he cleared security for a flight to Albuquerque, N.M., said it didn’t sit right with him to see the baby being patted down.

He said he thought the boy was about 8 months old.

After taking the picture, he posted it on the social networking site Twitter, commenting that the search was “extreme.”

His wife and another pastor also posted it, and soon it was a cyberspace hit with more than 300,000 viewers.

It eventually made it onto such websites as The Drudge Report and London Daily Mail, sparking complaints from many readers that the TSA’s actions crossed the line.

“That was definitely a surprise,” Jester said of the reaction to the photo. “I didn’t expect to get all the attention I’ve
garnered from that picture.”

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

Comments (2)
  1. Elizabeth Conley says:

    There is no defense for indiscriminately pawing at U.S. Citizens. That’s a crime. It’s a very serious crime when the perpetrators are federal thugs hired expressly for the purpose of depriving U.S. Citizens of their Constitutional Rights.

    It needs to stop.

    This mindless drivel about nitrate detectors being “alarmed” is just that: drivel. Nitrates are ubiquitous, and their presence on a citizen’s body or possessions does not even remotely suggest criminal behavior on the part of the citizen. The TSA goons have not detected a single ounce of explosives on any of the countless citizens they’ve committed sexual impositions against using the “alarmed nitrate detector” pretext. It’s scandalous for them to continue using this charade to excuse their crimes.

  2. scanpruf says:

    “Terrorists could hide a bomb in a diaper”
    Terrorists could hide a bomb in a rectum
    Terrorists could hide a bomb in a vagina
    Terrorists could hide a bomb in a cell phone
    Terrorists could hide a bomb in a computer
    How is this making us any safer?

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