A young boy was not strip-searched by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at an airport, the agency said Monday.
The TSA wrote on its official blog that the father of the boy, who was filmed shirtless while being searched at Salt Lake City International Airport on Nov. 19, removed his shirt, not an officer.
"That's it. No complaints were filed and the father was standing by his son for the entire procedure," the TSA wrote.
The TSA has recently become sensitive to criticism of its new airport security screening measures, that contain in some instances pat-downs and full-body scans, in the face of widespread public criticism and pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Video of the boy was posted on the Drudge Report and other blogs, and people believed that a TSA officer had removed his shirt, a fact bluntly acknowledged by the agency.
"Many are coming to their own conclusions about what's happening in the video which is now perched at the top of the Drudge report and being linked to in many other blogs and tweets," the TSA said. "We looked into this to find out what happened."
Agency chief John Pistole went on a media tour Monday morning to say that the policies would remain in place for now but that the TSA may consider altering techniques as they are developed.
Passengers are required to go through advanced imaging systems under new TSA rules. But those who believe the scans are too intrusive and select to opt out are only given the option of receiving a pat-down, which some say is also an invasion of privacy.
Administration officials have defended the practice as necessary to prevent another incident such as the Christmas Day airline bombing during the busy holiday travel season.