Parental Controversies – TSA Patdown and J. Crew Ad

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A 6-year old girl getting pat down by a TSA attendant in Louisville, Kentucky and a little boy named Beckett with pink toenails in a J. Crew ad. Today these controversies are sparking attention as many weigh in with their opinions.

6-year old Girl Gets TSA Patdown

Watch the TSA pat-down here:

CBS News reports that although civil rights advocates are outraged at this young girl’s patdown, the agent appeared to be doing her job in a professional manner and in a statement released, the TSA confirmed that as fact.  The TSA statement reads, the TSA is “exploring additional ways to focus its resources and move beyond a one-size fits all system while maintaining a high level of security” and “has been actively reviewing its screening policies and procedures to streamline and improve the screening experience for low-risk populations, such as younger passengers.”

Do you think this was inappropriate for the TSA rep. or do you think it’s just a matter of following post 9/11 procedure?

J. Crew’s Beckett with Pink Toenails

J. Crew’s latest catalog featured a section with the company’s president and creative director, Jenna Lyons, called “Saturday with Jenna.”  In this layout Jenna is shown painting her son Beckett’s toenails neon pink with the caption, “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”

Polarizing opinions have flared up in response to this ad, with concerns noted in The Lookout article, ranging on one side to: this is “transgendered child propaganda” to the other side, “somebody needs some psychotherapy but it’s not the little boy in the ad.”

Another reader commented, “OMG — Call the polish police – who cares. Worry about the children being starved, beaten and abused, not children being loved and having quality time with a parent.”


  1. David

    April 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    And when the next would be bomber has a device in a body cavity will we have to submit to a body cavity search? I will not subject myself nor my family to needless radiation exposure nor TSA molestation. I will not be flying until the TSA changes these procedures.

    “They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine, told AFP.”No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are hazardous but we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner,” he said

  2. 4th amendment

    April 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Obama could stop the x-rays and patdowns anytime he wanted to. TSA is under the executive branch. Call your congressional senators and reps and ask them why they aren’t stopping this. Obviously, Obama and the lot think the 4th amendment is just a suggestion.

    I am protesting outside of McCain’s office this week.

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