TSA frisks 10-year-old girl after finding juice pouch (VIDEO)
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.
“Maybe the TSA agents were bad apples, maybe they were under-trained, maybe they need re-training, maybe they did everything by the book,” Kevin Payne said, according to KXAN. “I don’t really know, but it was an uncomfortable situation.”
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."
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.