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Pat down or grope? 6-yr-old search at airport

CNN - Some civil rights advocates are outraged after a 6-year-old girl received an intense pat-down by TSA agents at Armstrong International Airport last week.

Someone caught the pat-down on video, and now it's gone viral on the internet.

An unidentified 6-year-old girl gets a pat down by a TSA screener at the New Orleans airport.

And many are outraged, including Executive Director of the Louisiana ACLU, Marjorie Esman.

A child who is visibly, audibly complaining, I don't want to do this, should at the very least be given some privacy.

The screener talks her through it... Letting her know where she'll be touching next, but Esman questions whether all this is really necessary.

A six-year-old child shouldn't be subjected to this kind of treatment in the first place if there's no reason to suspect her or her parents of being criminals.

Derionne Pollard flies frequently with her four-year-old son, Miles.

He's never been patted down. He goes through security. He understands that process.

We showed her the video of the girl getting a pat down on you tube.

This was her reaction:

"I think we spend a lot more time getting ourselves enflamed about things that aren't really necessary. That took all of, what? 20 seconds to get done? So, suck it up. It's part of travel right now."

Yukri and Daniel Amos both say they think the TSA is doing it to prevent any sort of attack in an airport or in the air.

"Given these times, you do have to do that. Because some people do use their children in a way that is horrible."

However, the Seattle couple is split on whether kids should go through such an intense screening process.

"She's not gonna understand. She's only five years old."

Right now at Armstrong International, everyone either gets a body scan or a pat down. But Esman says the TSA should be more selective about who gets intensively screened.

What we need is a system that will identify specific people who are under reasonable suspicion and subject them to additional scrutiny and not subject everybody else, not be subjected to that type of harassment.

In the case of last weekend's pat down of a 6-year-old. The TSA maintains children have been used to carry explosives in some places and that they have to be subject to the same restrictions as adults in order to ensure safety.

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