Cape Town - A video posted by Jenniffer Williamson, the mother of a 13-year-old boy who suffers from sensory processing disorder (SPD), has sparked outrage after going viral on social media.
The footage, which has been viewed more than 7 million times on Facebook alone, shows how the child has to undergo a lengthy, full-body inspection from Transportation Security Administration (TSA) male officer.
The 'inspection' carries on for a full two-minutes, with the mother labeling it as a “horrifying” experience. With the Facebook post, she ask viewers to make the video go 'viral' in order to stop such extensive pat downs on children.
Williamson took to Facebook to express her outrage, saying she was “livid” with the TSA for detaining her young son, who has a sensory disorder, for “well over an hour” at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday, 26 March, and subjecting him to a physical screening.
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"We have been through hell this morning. We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules," Williamson wrote on her Facebook.
"He has SPD and I didn't want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. He is still several hours later saying "I don't know what I did. What did I do?" I am livid."
Many on social media criticised the way the officer touches the boy.
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