TSA Forces 12 Year-Old Girl Traveling Without Parents Through Naked Scanner

Recently a 12 year-old girl traveling with friends of the family was separated from her group and forced to go through the naked scanner at the Tampa airport. The girl’s parents say that TSA, “In essence conducted a strip search on a 12-year-old girl without her parents present to advocate for her.”
TampaBay.com reported on the July incident:

A Baltimore family is raising the issue after their 12-year-old daughter was pulled out of line in Tampa and subjected to what they say was an embarrassing and unhealthy scan. The girl was traveling with an adult friend of the family, not her parents.

“Our daughter was scared and didn’t understand what was happening,” said Michelle Nemphos, the mother of the girl. She declined to give her daughter’s name. “In essence they conducted a strip search on a 12-year-old girl without her parents present to advocate for her.”

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The girl told her story in a phone interview:

Okay, I was coming home to Baltimore, Md., from Siesta Key, Fla., and I was with my friend and her parents and I was going to this airport security check.

I put my bag through, and they pulled me aside and told me to go over here. I thought it was some high-tech scan and I walked right through it and this lady said ‘”Hold on, you can’t just walk through this thing. Put your feet on the yellow footsteps and make a triangle above your head.” I guess it was so they could see my whole body.

I heard a beep and she said, “Okay you can leave.”

I heard one of the guards say “affirmative on the female,” and I knew they were talking about me. And that made me worried.

I couldn’t see my friend and her dad, and I was really worried that I was separated from them. I was trying to look happy when I saw them but inside I was really scared.

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When the girl first got home to Baltimore, she didn’t mention the beaches she’d visited or her trip to the aquarium. All she wanted to talk about was what happened at the airport.

“Why did they pick me?” the girl asked her mother.

Nemphos wasn’t sure. She couldn’t imagine the Transportation Security Administration needing to scan a 12-year-old girl for weapons.

Paul Susie, the parent who was with his daughter and Nemphos’ in Tampa, said it all happened so fast.

“I didn’t know it was optional,” he said. “But I thought it was ridiculous that a 12-year-old girl got picked for that.”

He said he was not notified she would be taken to the other line.

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  • Major Kong

    Yeah, and I’m sure the T&A pervs immediately deleted the scan. Only the beginning folks, lots more fun ‘n games to come. But what’s a little lost liberty and dignity for a false sense of security?

  • Granny

    It is against the law to perform a medical examination on a minor without either a parent’s consent or a specific court order. It is appalling that this child was scanned at all. It is beyond the pale that she was separated at ANY time from the adult that she was traveling with. The TSA agents who did this should be FIRED immediately and the parents of this girl should file charges of assault.

  • david

    Did anyone catch that last name – Nemphos. Really? So we are supposed to think this was RANDOM. This crap MUST end and SOON or the torches and pitchforks need to come out.

  • apodoca

    How many Muslims have been scanned and patted down?

  • Major Kong

    FIRE ’em! You really think that once the T&A gropers are full-fledged unionized civil servants it’s going to be that easy? Please. This is going to be Obama’s new civilian para-military force. You don’t have a problem with that do you comrade?

  • Moright

    I am belatedly realizing I’ve already had a scan! It briefly occured to me at the time that it might be one of those scanners. Like the child, this happened quickly and there was no time to question what was going on (if one wanted to make their flight).

  • Granny

    You know, Moright, I am a bit surprised that they are not requiring signatures before these scans. Government immunity for medical consequence is not absolute – see the Tuskegee Experiments or the experimental irradiation of state hospital inmates or the exposure of Vietnam vets to Agent Orange. These scanners have not been proven safe and in fact are known to cause skin cancer. There could be huge liabilities.

  • Joanne

    This is so sick. Do people know how many know pedophiles live in their immediate area? There are lots – they are everywhere and in large numbers. Subjecting a child to this scan doesn’t have anything to do with security.

  • chuck in st paul

    “Why did they pick me?” the girl asked her mother.

    Well heck little girl, everyone knows it’s you damn kids that are flying planes into buildings and hiding bombs on your body to kill infidels. SUBMIT!

    America is being run by idiots, infantiles, and evil loons. When are the parents coming home?

  • chris

    I flew a couple legs that took me through SFO and Houston. The airports are swarming with TSA clowns. Huge groups o them – it is really shocking and we all get to pay for it with fees and security making up 20% and more of our tickets.

    The airlines better get control of this or they are going to lose anyone that can find an alternative to taking a plane trip.

    I could see no evidence that these hoards of people provided any protection. They move in pods and seldom can be seen concentrating on actual visual checks and use of any training in identifying possible miscreants.

    It is a total, expensive joke with every citizen considered to be a terrorist. What a mess.

  • Jess

    “How many Muslims have been scanned and patted down”
    You mean after buying one way tickets w/in 48 hours of the flight & having no luggage? Why, that number would be…


    TSA = Theatrical Security Agency

  • Granny

    Here’s another horror story – cancer surviving flight attendant not only subjected to “enhanced pat down” but forced to remove her prosthetic breast!


  • jeff

    And they say Bush was a dictator.

  • Joanne

    I haven’t heard of any muslims complaining as of late about scans of themselves taken or pat downs, so what is up with that? I am sure they would make a big stink if it was happening. People need to keep a look out and watch and see who is getting a pass and who is not.

  • Hotspur

    Frickin’ pervs.

  • Moright

    I know, Granny, right? I travel every week for business. The past two trips I drove instead of flying (4-5 hour drives vs. 1 hour flight): 1) Security has been getting bogged down in the past 2 months -this is before the scanners have become widely known. They’ve been “changing it up” and getting slower, slower; 2) Taxes on rental cars are nuts! While my company pays, it still irks the hell out of me. Kansas City is about 40%. No, I don’t want to pay for your new stadium.

    Spoke with a pilot friend this week who said the pilots, flight attendants and airline industry is livid. Says this is a complete waste of time, and his opinion was that it is a justification for the $$ they spent on the machines and tsa personnel. What a joke.

  • Joanne

    Yah, why aren’t they using those blowers that detect explosives on people’s persons instead of these virtual strip searches and pat downs. If a person was carrying explosives on their person or probably even up a cavity, it should detect them. My sons have been yarded off and put through this security measure without any explanation at the time to what was happening to them. These virtual strip searches and molestation have nothing to do with security measures. Really, the power is with the people – only travel on emergencies and let the airports be deader than doornails. Before you know it, the airlines, airport businesses, and even taxi drivers will be making a lot of noise.

  • m

    I f everyone still compalining about the airport security, I would have stay at home and not go anywhere on a flight. It is Obama’s Homeland Security policy. I am glad that we will have a new Congress coming in January, 2011. The Homeland Security committees need to investigate them.

  • patman

    Maybe her Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn shirt was a little baggy.

    Maybe her Silly Bands could have be made out of explosive materials.

    Could have been her Pikachu notebook that threw off the TSA.

    Maybe they just wanted to take her innocence and smile away because their lives suck so much.

    Next up, taking candy from babies.

  • Chisum

    I can’t wait to see what they do to the guys with prosthetic testicles.