In response to a YouTube video of a 6-year-old girl receiving a pat-down from a Transportation Security Administration officer, Congressman Jason Chaffetz is drafting legislation that will require parental supervision during the pat-down of a child.
"They claim there is a modified pat-down for 12-year-olds and younger, but when you see those videos, you realize that just isn't true," Chaffetz said.
The proposed legislation would require that a parent must give their consent before a child receives a pat-down, and that the child must remain with the parent while the pat-down is performed.
Chaffetz would like to put an end to those practices and continued his claim that there are better ways to protect Americans in the skies than full-body scans and pat-downs, a process he calls "security theater." Chaffetz says TSA could protect the country just as well with the use of bomb sniffing dogs and behavioral screenings.
"That is what they do in the White House, the House of Representatives, and in the theater of war," Chaffetz said about using the dogs. "They aren't bringing in whole-body scanning machines, they are bringing in dogs."
Chaffetz admits that his plan to implement the usage of the dogs over the scanning machines will have an uphill battle.
"The dogs don't have something the scanning machines do have -- a lobbyist," Chaffetz said.
Chaffetz is the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and has sent a letter to the TSA requesting an investigation of the incident, and asked for a report no later than close of business on Friday.
"I am personally outraged and disgusted by yet another example of mistreatment of an innocent American at the hands of TSA," wrote Chaffetz in the letter addressed to TSA chief John Pistole. "This conduct is in clear violation of TSA's explicit policy not to conduct thorough pat-downs on children under the age of 13."
TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said the administration could not comment on proposed or pending legislation. TSA has commented on the incident with the 6-year-old girl in the video, though. It said it has determined that the officer followed proper current screening procedures. TSA also has said its officers will continue to work with parents to ensure a respectful screening process for the entire family is performed at security checkpoints, including not separating minor children from their parents during the screening process.
The congressman's family had its own run-in with the TSA not long ago when his 15-year-old daughter was whisked away from the family at the airport security checkpoint to have a private pat-down without a parent present.