California dad calls daughter’s patdown at RDU ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘inappropriate’

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A San Diego father is upset by the way TSA agents searched his 10-year-old daughter at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The father, Kevin Payne, took video of the patdown that took place last week at RDU after agents found a juice box in the girl’s carry-on bag. The juice exceeded the limit of 3 ounces of liquids for carry-ons.

The video shows the TSA agent patting down the girl, a process that took nearly two minutes. Payne said the entire procedure was an overreaction and an inappropriate intrusion.

“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,” Payne said.

“Well I know it’s to keep everyone on the plane safe but she kept patting me down like, ‘pat down… pat down.’ ‘It was like over and over,” said Vendela Payne, received airport patdown

Although the patdown lasted less than two minutes, the extra screening lasted about an hour.

“TSA screening procedures allow for the patdown of a child under certain circumstances. The process by which the child was patted down followed approved procedures,” TSA wrote in a statement.

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