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Posted: January 07, 2016

Father outraged by 'invasive' TSA pat-down of 10-year-old daughter

By Samantha Jordan

WDBO - Orlando


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A father is calling the pat-down Transportation Security Administration agents gave his 10-year-old daughter "inappropriate" and "invasive."

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Kevin Payne, of San Diego, said it happened at the Raleigh-Durham International airport  as he and his family were headed home to California. They were going through security when a juice box in his daughter's purse and a false positive for explosives put TSA agents on alert. The young girl was pulled aside and patted down by a female agent.

"They just kept doing it over and over," Payne's daughter, Vendela, added. "I felt very uncomfortable. I felt like screaming."

The TSA said a cellphone in the girl's bag required "additional resolution procedures." Payne recorded the 2 minute pat-down on his cellphone. 

"I thought it was incredibly inappropriate, very invasive and it really violated my daughter," he said.

Payne said he planned to file a complaint.

The TSA said "the process by which the child was patted down followed approved procedures."

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