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10-Year-Old Endures Embarrassing TSA Pat Down for Juice Box

Kevin Payne was beyond disbelief when the TSA decided to extensively pat down his 10-year-old daughter after they found a Capri Sun juice pouch in her carry-on handbag. He recorded the humiliating incident on video.

Kevin told WNCN “Maybe the TSA agents were bad apples, maybe they were undertrained, maybe they need re-training, maybe they did everything by the book. I don’t really know. But it was an uncomfortable situation.”

On December 30, Vendela Payne was subject to the pat-down at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. A TSA agent found the juice container, which produced a false-positive for explosives.

Kevin went on to say “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. The whole system seems to not work the way it should be working.”

During the 2-minute search, a female agent touches Vendela’s rear, chest and pelvic areas. The agent frisks the same areas numerous times during the lengthy process.

TSA agents informed Kevin that he would be arrested if he interfered with the pat-down. Kevin said all he could do was make funny faces to help calm his daughter down.

Vendela told NBC7 “My dad was making funny faces, silly faces in the mirror and I felt like screaming the whole time. I know it’s to keep everybody on the plane safe, but she kept patting me down. Pat-down, pat-down. It was like, over and over.”

The TSA sent a statement to the Union-Tribune reading “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."

Photo: NBC New York

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