TSA Target of Latest Alec Baldwin Rant on Twitter

Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 09:24 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Actor and former MSNBC host Alec Baldwin launched a Twitter rant to complain that the Transportation Security Administration had patted down his 5-month-old daughter before a family flight back to New York from the Bahamas.

The temperamental star sent the following tweet to his followers Monday:



The security check occurred Monday at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas, where Baldwin, wife Hilaria and daughter Carmen had been vacationing on Paradise Island, NBC News reported.

But a senior Department of Homeland Security official disputed the account, telling NBC News the TSA doesn't do screening operations in the Bahamas, and that it no longer pats down children under 12.

The official also shot down Baldwin's dismissive hashtag, pointing out the former "30 Rock" star wasn't traveling in the United States; the Bahamas is an independent nation.

The TSA changed its pat-down procedures in 2011 after a video showed a 6-year-old girl at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport enduring the procedure — and after a modified pat-down of a baby after a stroller set off an explosives' alert at the Kansas City, Mo., airport.

The TSA also has come under withering criticism for the use of X-Ray machines that invade privacy and expose passengers to unnecessary radiation.

Baldwin has his own troubled history with flying, having been booted off an American Airlines flight in 2011 when he wouldn't power down his smartphone during a game of "Words with Friends" before takeoff.

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