A California father is outraged after his 10-year-old daughter was patted down for nearly two minutes after mistakenly leaving a Capri Sun juice in her bag.
Kevin Payne, from San Diego, used his cell phone to video the encounter on Dec. 30 at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
“My dad was making funny faces silly faces in the mirror and I felt like screaming the whole time,” Payne’s daughter Vendela told NBC San Diego.
The YouTube Payne posted of the pat down has gone viral with over 70,000 views. In it, the father added descriptions on the screen to explain how the TSA agent kept going over the same parts of his daughter’s body multiple times.
“In all, the pat-down and other extra screenings took about an hour, Payne said. The only way the family made it onto the plane was because it was delayed,” NBC San Diego reported.
Nico Melendez, a TSA spokesman, provided a statement to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which read: “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.”
Payne is not persuaded. “The only difference between a standard adult pat-down and the search of his child was that the search of Vendela took almost twice as long as it probably should have,” he said.
h/t: Daily Mail