A young girl’s father was outraged after a TSA agent patted her down for nearly two minutes at an airport. The search was initiated after agents found a juice pouch mistakenly left in a carry-on handbag.
The frisking happened last week in North Carolina and the girl’s father recorded the incident on his smart phone. Kevin Payne and his daughter, Vendela, were heading home to San Diego by way of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, when Transportation Security Administration agents discovered a Capri Sun juice pouch.
Liquids exceeding three ounces are not allowed in carry-on bags for fear that they might contain explosives, and so TSA agents initiated a pat down followed by an hour of extra screening.
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Payne said that TSA agents told him he wasn’t allowed to film, but he recorded the incident on his smart phone anyway, and has since posted the video on YouTube and Nextdoor.
“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, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. “The whole system seems to not work the way it should be working.”
His daughter said she kept herself together because she didn’t want to “throw a tantrum like a one-year-old,” according to KNSD.
"I know it's to keep everybody on the plane safe, but she kept patting me down," Vendela said. "It was like, over and over."
Vendela, you are my hero today for not losing it when you were being abused. I pray you will put this behind you and not let it affect your life. You have improved conditions for other girls your age and you can be proud of that. You are amazingly strong. God bless you.
The Payne family made it on to their flight, but only because their plane was delayed.
The TSA's website says screening procedures are been modified for children under 12. They will have a reduced likelihood of being patted down. How exactly screening procedures are being modified is not being detailed due to security issues.
All this over a box of juice. That's just insane. I'm sure they poured the juice out and found that it was not an explosive. So why the drama? Surely these agents see this all the time. You have to wonder about the agent - 'tragically stupid' would be the best term I could use to describe her.
A quick pat-down I could have tolerated, but the absurd, pains-taking pace and the repetition would have pushed me over the edge, and I have almost no temper nor bent towards violence. When you post as many articles on child sex abuse and pedophilia as I do on this blog, then you see what could easily be interpreted as exactly that occurring to your little girl - I would have been arrested!