The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced its kid-friendly pilot-screening program at Denver International Airport -- a pilot project to help ensure a child's trip to the airport is safe and enjoyable.
"Security for all air travelers is our first priority," said Adm. James M. Loy, Under Secretary of Transportation for Security. "But the screeners in Denver have found a way to make the process a more enjoyable experience for small children. This is just another example of TSA reaching its goal of providing world-class security and world-class customer service."
Security rules require that all passengers be screened and that all checkpoint alarms be resolved. Therefore, screeners must perform additional checks on all passengers, regardless of age, when they trigger the alarm on the metal detector.
The kid-friendly process begins when families approach the lanes designated for them at the airport checkpoints. Screeners talk to the kids, give them a sticker with a smiling face, and use hand puppets to entertain them as they go through the metal detector. If secondary screening is necessary, screeners ask kids to stand on special mats that feature cats and dinosaurs and use a fuzzy "caterpillar" that wraps around the hand wand making it more friendly.
"I am proud to lead a group of professionals who saw a chance to make the screening process better," said Denver Federal Security Director Bill Pickle. "This program clearly illustrates our screeners' commitment to serving travelers, kids and parents alike."
If successful, the program at Denver International could eventually be in place at all of the nation's 429 commercial airports.
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Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5455 posts, RR: 19 Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2152 times:
It's no wonder it is being used at DEN first. In the past few Time Magazine issues, there was a Time ad saying "when do national security and common sense collide?" and there is a picture of a 4-5 year old boy being screened and if you look closely at the screener's nametag, it says DEN, not to mention there is a sign in the background very similar to the DEN signs.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1992 times:
No offence mate, but that is one of the more silly comments I have heard in a long time. People have been known to use children to traffick drugs in the past - what is to stop someone with bad intentions using children to smuggle weapons onboard. It is more than likely that someone who has such a lack of regard for human life would hardly blink an eye at using a child for such a purpose. Like it or not, if we are going to take security seriously, and I think there is ample evidence that we should, then everyone who goes through the checkpoint should be subject to the same scrutiny. I think Denver's efforts to try and make the process as child-friendly as possible (while it seems a touch OTT to me) should be applauded.
As for your second comment, well, explain to me how one would pick out a 25 year old Muslim from a croud? Particularly those trying to fit in with a crowd, as the 11th of September hijackers were. I take it you know the 'Muslim' is a reference to a religion, not some form of race. Perhaps you would like them to walk around with a crescent moon armband on so we can easily identify them (I suppose that is the next step after compulsory registraton, isn't it...)? Maybe that would help. It was done in the 20th century in certain countries too - a quick study of 1930s/1940s European history should throw some more light on that for you...
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4288 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1979 times:
I wonder until what age you get the kid-friendly screening, and whether they will incorporate it nationally. Speaking of that, I was going to say that article "When do National Security and Common Sense Collide?" was taken at DEN, the whole article mostly was about DEN and it was from Newsweek.
BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1963 times:
"Hey son, climb these monkey bars through the magtrometer!"
"Hey Little Girl, See the Fwiendwy Wittwe Dinosaur. Say Hewwo to the fwiendwy dinosaur while you walk through that wittle metal detector." "Ok, Now step on da fwiendwy dinosaur mat, so I can get the fwiendwy dinosaur." "See the fwiendwy dinosaur, he goes up and down and squeaks if he detects metal."
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
Last that I knew the metal detector or the wand does not detect drugs. Maybe we need dogs posted at every security post. But last I also knew drugs don't bring down planes, unless someone throws a huge bag of weed in the engine intake.
As for my comment about Muslims going thru security...
When I go thru security I have to remove my hat. I see women have to remove their hats. But I have seen a Muslim man have to remove his hat (i don't know what their hats are called, or some of the more strict Muslim sects like the Shiites who wear the white turbans (like we have seen Osama wear in pictures) and the women are not made to remove their headress. Now I know in the Muslim religion that muslim women are not supposed to show their heads to any men but their husbands. That is why they have backrooms and female screeners... but I never seen that happen.
If everyone else has to remove their hats, they should too.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4288 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1939 times:
I'm fairly young, and quite immature and I must say that the screenings are very stressful for me (yes, I am a kid.) and that loosing it up a littl eis really nice, becuase I hate the sterness and pressure of the screenings, if they loosen it up it would be much better, and the smiley face sticker would definitely brighten my day.
-Transaero Boeing 737-200
PS: Don't judge my age by my useage of grammar.
Adh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 353 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1896 times:
To AerMickey -
Heaven forbid TSA spent $50 on puppet and a colored mat so kids would be more comfortable during the screen process. I think this is money well spent.
To all others -
I went through security at DEN on Friday and a family was behind me in line. The kid loved the puppets. After a little coaxing one four year old walked through the scanner and then took off running and laughing. I had to reach down and ask him to wait for his mommy who was trying to catch up to him. It was really quite funny.
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
Another reason it can be seen as good is because especially when you are around 2 or 3 years old you don't understand any concept of security. All you see are these huge funny doors with all kinds of beeping sounds and scary looking people waving wands that beep.
Kids have to go thru seperate from their mommy's if they can walk.
If their mommy goes thru first- it can be scary for the kid seeing her disappear into this wierd world. If the kid goes first, he is getting pushed into this strange world and is not even sure his mother is behind him.
I saw a kid at DTW who followed his mom freak out and take off running away from the security checkpoint crying his eyes out.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 37 Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
I, for one, applaud this particular TSA person, for having a damn good idea of a way to make the process less stressful. What I don't agree with is the new addition of radiation screening. What's next? Strip searches with full-cavity checks? This is getting out of hand! Next thing you know, they'll have medical staff to draw blood, urine and sperm samples (from BOTH sexes) and then make you wait for the results prior to clearing security! Enough is enough!!!!!! I agree with Newsweek - When do common sense and security finally, if ever, meet?
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
AerMickey From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1808 times:
I am not complaining about their attempt to be entertaining to the children. As an airline employee, I have to witness the their operation daily. They have a budget that is just getting out of control. An operation that is surpassing what could be simple, has gone far and beyond the means of any budget. Weekly new equipment is being placed in the airport for their use, it's insane. For instance, they said that they wanted a water cooler at every check point. What is wrong with the water fountain that is only 20 feet from the water cooler that they have now?
Or how about the fact that in Hayden, Colorado? They began the conversion from a private screening company to the TSA at the beginning of Ski season. I am no travel agent, but at the beginning of the ski season hotel rates sky rocket. The hotel they stayed at as well did not have a shuttle to the airport, so instead they(TSA) rented them 8 SUV's. And when it came time to send those who were being trained home, they went well and beyond their budget and were forced to take the rental vehicles, because they could not afford the airfare.
Passenger friendly, I am all for it. But let's watch the budget, it's another dump truck full of tax dollars flowing away.