A California father is furious after witnessing Transportation Security Administration agent “assault” his preteen daughter over a Capri Sun in her carry-on luggage.
Kevin Payne is condemning the TSA procedures after watching his 10-year-old daughter, Vendela, get patted down for almost two minutes at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Dec. 30.
In a video uploaded to YouTube and NextDoor on Jan. 1 by Payne, a TSA agent is captured repeatedly running her hands along Vendela’s back, thighs and chest.
“I was HELPLESS while my 10 yr (sic) old daughter was ASSAULTED (sic) infront (sic) of me.” Payne wrote in the video. “Watching this heinous act makes me SICK to my stomach.”
Payne told the San Diego Union Tribune that the additional screening delayed the family’s travel by an hour.
“I’m a very big proponent of security, and if they were patting me down no problem, but this was a 10-year-old girl,” Payne said. “The whole system seems to not work the way it should be working.”
TSA modified their screenings of children in 2011, but Payne does not believe his daughter experienced a modified screening.
“They gave her a very standard pat-down for an adult female,” Payne said. “I don’t think it was modified one bit.”
Payne told ABC News’ Good Morning America that he felt the pat-down was "incredibly inappropriate, very invasive" and "violated" his daughter.
Payne plans to file a complaint against the TSA while the organization asserts the agent was not out of line.
“Since pat-down screening is conducted to determine whether prohibited items are concealed under clothing, sufficient pressure must be applied in order to ensure detection,” Nico Melendez said in a statement to the San Diego Tribune on Monday.
Yet the uncomfortable look on Vendela’s face says otherwise.
"My dad was making funny faces silly faces in the mirror and I felt like screaming the whole time," Vendela told NBC San Diego.
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