A father is outraged after his 10-year-old daughter received an “uncomfortable” TSA screening at a North Carolina airport.
San Diego resident Kevin Payne said his daughter Vendela was thoroughly patted down by a TSA official for almost two minutes after accidentally leaving a Capri Sun in her bag at the airport.
According to Payne, agents at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport swabbed the girl’s bag after finding the juice — and received a false-positive reading for explosives on the bag.
The father then recorded a video of a female TSA agent performing an extensive pat-down on his daughter, noting:
“She just had a completely blank stare on her face. I could tell it was very uncomfortable for her.”
The TSA responded to Payne’s outrage with the following statement:
“TSA screening procedures allow for the pat-down of a child under certain circumstances. The process by which the child was patted down followed approved procedures.”
In this specific case, they added that Vendela’s cell phone alarm was going off in her bag, which required additional checks — and the entire process was observed by a parent.
But Payne thinks that the security protocol could be better adjusted to avoid patting down a child, explaining:
“The pat-down seemed to be the go-to option for them, and I think they could have done a better scrutiny of what they were looking for prior to putting their hands all over my 10-year-old daughter… Maybe they need retraining. Maybe they did everything by the book. I don’t really know, but it was an uncomfortable situation.”
Either way, Payne plans to file a formal complaint against the TSA.
Do YOU think this pat-down was excessive, or was the TSA just doing their job? Watch the video (below) and see what you think!
[Image via NBC.]