Mother ‘Livid’ After TSA’s ‘Horrifying’ Pat Down Of Her Son At D-FW International Airport | KERA News

Mother ‘Livid’ After TSA’s ‘Horrifying’ Pat Down Of Her Son At D-FW International Airport

Mar 28, 2017

Five stories that have North Texas talking: D-FW airport’s TSA is under fire; like Abbott, Trump vows to punish “sanctuary cities”; Globe Life Park will be selling a two-foot-long tamale this season; and more.

A mother traveling with her son Sunday is “livid” after a “horrifying” experience through security she says caused them to miss their flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Jennifer Williamson said she asked agents to administer an alternative screening for her son with sensory processing disorder. She posted a two-minute video on Facebook of the screening — which shows an agent patting down her son’s backside and the front of his body and in between his legs — that has since gone viral.

Williamson said in the post that the ordeal kept them for more than an hour. But, according to The Dallas Morning News, TSA disputed her account, saying Williamson and her son were at the checkpoint for about 45 minutes, “including the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the teen's mother and the inspection of three carry-on items.” Two police officers were called to lessen Williamson's concerns. TSA said it was following “approved procedures to ‘resolve an alarm of the passenger's laptop.’” [The Dallas Morning News]

  • Gov. Greg Abbott is applauding the Trump administration's vows to punish "sanctuary cities". The Justice Department announced Monday that it's planning to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities," which shelter people in the country illegally by refusing to help the federal government enforce immigration laws. Abbott said in a statement, "After years of the previous administration turning a blind eye to this issue, the federal government is sending a clear and necessary message." Abbott wants to sign into law Senate Bill 4 cracking down on "sanctuary cities." The Texas Senate passed the bill. [NPR, The Associated Press]

 

  • Tarrant and Dallas counties were spared from Sunday’s evening’s severe weather, but there are more storms coming. Denton and Collin counties were pounded by varying ball-sized hail and strong winds; in southern Denton County, straight-line winds reached up to 85 miles per hour, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Two rounds of storms are developing in North Texas later today that should move out by Wednesday, the National Weather Service says. Watch this video from the Insurance Council of Texas about making claims after a storm, in the event your property is damaged. And here’s a guide to hiring the right roofer. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

 

  • This 21-year-old hip-hop artist wants to be Dallas’ next breakout artist. Terrence Spectacle has been embedding himself in the North Texas music scene since his first EP “NuDallas” in 2014. The project was produced with local music collective Independent Recording Arts Society. Since then, Spectacle has left his label and teamed up with Dallas producer Ish D who has worked with rising star Sam Lao. Spectacle’s newest EP “One Summer Night” shows the young lyricist in a “more reflective light,” according to Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh. You can attend the album release on Friday. Listen to Spectacle tell his story and read a quick Q&A. [Art&Seek]

 

  • In anticipation of the start of baseball season, here are a few new, insane foods to eat at Globe Life Park. The Most Valuable Tamale, the M.V.T, is a two-foot-long tamale that several people are supposed to share. It’s also $27 — another reason not to get one just for yourself. In case you’re missing the State Fair of Texas, there are Texas Snowballs, “which are brisket balls dipped into funnel cake batter and deep fried,” according to GuideLive. And they’re topped with powdered sugar. And to round out the new foods, a chili dog with Fritos and kimchi, a staple in Korean cuisine. Opening Day for the Texas Rangers is Monday. [GuideLive]

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