A Missoula mother is outraged at airport screeners in Kansas, saying they treated her 4 year old daughter as if she were a terrorist.
Michelle Brademeyer?s story of what happened when she flew out of the Wichita airport April 15 has caught attention of travelers around the world.
Brademeyer says her daughter cleared security but then turn and ran back to hug her grandmother. That?s when Brademeyer says things turned sour.
"They said, 'she made contact! She made contact' and then said 'you need to sit down right now!' It was not polite like 'here, honey, you touched your Grandma. You're not supposed to do that. We've just got to check you. There should be a much better way of handling children. This should have been a non-issue. I don't want this to happen to other children," Brademeyer.
She says TSA immediately separated her from her daughter and tried to search her for a weapon.
"It was horrifying. I will never forget the way her face looked. They were standing over her and telling her to stop crying. She had no idea what was going on. They wouldn't let me tell her. They were trying to keep me back," Brademeyer said.
Eventually, Isabel was allowed to board the plane once a manager intervened. The mom says the whole thing should have been handled very differently.
When we asked about this incident, the TSA said it has modified screening for children younger than 12 to reduce the need for pat downs, but in this case, the TSA responded that "The child had completed screening but had contact with another member of her family who had not completed the screening process. While it was explained to family members why additional security procedures were necessary in this instance, TSA officers did not suspect or suggest the child was carrying a firearm. TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child."
In the meantime, Brademeyer says 4 year old Isabella is suffering from nightmares.