TSA asking children questions

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  1. Italy98
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    Flew out of PHL yesterday AM and observed a female TSA, while checking BPs, asking young children (I would guess 5 - 12 y/o) questions. In a number of instances I observed the child look questioningly to their parent. Is this a new practice employed by TSA or is this one individual on a power trip?
     
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    They ask my 3 y/o kid questions about 50% of the time. Started when she was two. I would say most the time they just ask her name (she is just as likely to say kitty, puppy, or Princess Leia as her actual name). They have also asked where she is going, if I am her mommy, etc. The questioning rarely is very productive for her or them.
     
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    Do you like gladiator movies?

    I've actually never witnessed this, and at 3 years old my son I would assume is too young to answer any serious questions. If this happens in a couple of years though, it's not happening.
     
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    Correct answer by child to any TSA question: "Mommy told me never to talk to stangers."
     
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    What now, TSA? :rolleyes: Create a new generation of Hitler Yoots turning in their parents to the Geheime Staatspolizei?
     
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    or could they just being friendly and trying to get the child (and parent) to relax a bit ?????

    Bob H
     
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    C'mon folks, they're looking to get their name in the news by being the one who finds an abducted child instead of keeping us safe from 3.5 ounces of dangerous toothpaste ;)
     
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    I have a friend named Joel who's having his first kid soon. I plan to teach him to mispronounce his dad's name as Jor-El.
     
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    TSA should offer kid-sized TSA gloves with the TSA logo on it as a goodwill jesture for the kids to keep--- just like how the airlines offer[ed] airline wings to kids on flights.
     
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    Ok honey we know your a unicorn from your passport but what color unicorn are you? Oh, ok. Thanks.
     
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    As one who talks to a lot of law enforcement in a border city, child trafficking is the answer. TSA is not law enforcement but ...
     
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    Well...CBP agent at CLE asked us our kids for their names and birthdays last Sunday. We also got asked about birthplace.

    I don't see anything wrong with questions designed to gauge the passenger's reaction. Have any of you ever tried to get on a LY flight?
     
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    ... since they aren't effective at catching terry-rists they'll try their hand at something else?

    My friends' kid would likely answer nothing more than "Blue truck." And quite frankly that's more than need be answered.
     
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    Not one child was laughing or smiling during the questions. Almost all looked afraid and pulled closer to their parent(s).
     

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