What TSA Left Out of the Cartoon It Made for Your Kids

By Conor Friedersdorf

January 7, 2014

The Transportation Security Administration has produced a cartoon to explain airport security to kids. And in many ways, the two-minute video does a pretty good job.

On the other hand, the cartoon depicts a metal detector, not the scarier-seeming naked scanner that many kids actually must walk through at the airport. As well, there's no mention of what seems like the scariest things kids have to face when passing through security: instances where a parent, or even the kid herself, is pulled aside for extra screening, and perhaps endures one of those intrusive pat-downs.

A kid who saw the above video, only to face more intrusive screening when actually at security, would perhaps be even worse off, because it would seem like the extra scrutiny wasn't part of the normal process that was explained to them in the nice video. "This didn't happen in the video," they might say. "Why are you doing this to me?"

See the video and read more at The Atlantic.


By Conor Friedersdorf

January 7, 2014

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