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Father fuming over his 10-year-old daughter’s “heinous” pat-down by TSA

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A California father is furious after a TSA agent in a North Carolina airport frisked his 10-year-old daughter, but the TSA is standing firm, saying the search was done in accordance with its guidelines. Kevin Payne recorded cellphone video at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on December 30, 2015, of a woman TSA agent giving his daughter, Vendela, a two-minute frisking, during which the agent repeatedly touched Vendela’s buttocks and groin areas. He contends that the pat-down, deployed after an agent discovered a Capri Sun pouch in Vendela’s possession, was a “heinous” over-reaction. Agents first swabbed the carry-on bag Vendela was carrying, performed a false-positive explosives test, then subjected the girl to the frisking — which Payne managed to record on his cellphone, despite protests from TSA agents — and, finally, put the Payne and his daughter through an hour-long regimen of extra screening.  “I’m a very big proponent of security,” Payne said, “and if they were patting me down no problem, but this was a 10-year-old girl. The whole system seems to not work the way it should be working.” A spokesperson for the TSA agent addressed the situation and issued a statement saying, “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.” Watch footage of the incident below:

Read the full story at The Washington Post and The San Diego Union Tribune.

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