TSA Responds to Alec Baldwin’s Tweet About Baby Daughter’s Alleged Airport Pat-Down

Jan 28, 2014 8:35pm

 

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Alec Baldwin has taken on photographers, stalkers and anyone who has taken on his two daughters — 18-year-old Ireland and 5-month-old Carmen — and now that list includes incorrectly targeting the Transportation Security Administration.

As “Good Morning America” reported this morning, the actor blasted the TSA on Monday because he said its agent patted down Carmen while the family, including his second wife, yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin, flew from the Bahamas to their home in New York.

“Flying from Nassau, Bahamas 2 NY. TSA “random selects” my 5 month old daughter 4 a pat down. I am not kidding,” Baldwin tweeted Monday morning from his Twitter handle, @ABFoundation.

The actor ended his tweet with the hashtag #travelinginUSisadisgrace.

Since the “GMA” broadcast, the TSA has told ABC News that Baldwin has it wrong. The agency says it does not conduct screenings outside the United States and it does not employ the screeners in the Bahamas, adding that it would never conduct a pat-down on a 5-month-old child in the United States.

When ABC News reached out to Baldwin for comment a representative said, “His tweet is his statement.”

Before the alleged pat-down, the “30 Rock” star had tweeted a much happier Instagram shot of his wife and daughter with the caption “Homeward bound.”

Baldwin’s rant against the TSA is not the first time the Broadway, movie and TV star has run into problems at the airport, nor is it the first time he and his family members have taken to Twitter to complain.

In 2011, Baldwin was accused by American Airlines of being abusive toward the flight crew and was subsequently kicked off the flight when he refused to stop playing the game “Words With Friends” on his smartphone.

In that case, Baldwin apologized to his fellow passengers and turned it into a comedy sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”

Last November, after Baldwin was caught on tape yelling a homophobic slur at a photographer, Ireland Baldwin took to Twitter to show her support.

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“For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously. My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist. From what you’ve read and from what media has been shoved down your throats, he has a kind heart,” Ireland wrote in a series of Twitter messages. ”My point being, what my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN’T.”

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Ireland said the paparazzi share some of the blame for her father’s outburst, which occurred just after a woman stalking him was sentenced to 210 days in jail.

“Boundaries have to made. Paparazzi have jobs to do, but some of them jeopardize people’s lives and cross a line,” she wrote. “My dad has an INFANT CHILD to protect. All the parents out there should understand. You would do anything to protect your baby.”

 

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