A California man is upset after airport officials frisked his daughter for nearly two minutes — all over a juice box.
San Diego resident Kevin Payne and his daughter Vendela were going through security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina when Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents found the drink in her carry-on, according to the San Diego Tribune. It was larger than the allowed 88-millilitre limit.
Agents swabbed the bag, which gave them a false reading for explosives.
The search that then followed was over-the-top, the dad told NBC San Diego.
"Maybe they need retraining. Maybe they did everything by the book. I don't really know, but it was an uncomfortable situation."
Vendela told the outlet she couldn't stand the search either. "My dad was making funny faces, silly faces in the mirror and I felt like screaming the whole time," she said.
In a YouTube video posted by Payne, Vendela complies as a female TSA agent gives her a full-body pat-down.
The family was kept for roughly an hour in total, Payne told NBC, because of the pat-down and additional screenings. Luckily, their plane was delayed and they made it onto the flight.
In the end, a TSA spokesperson defended the agents for following proper procedure, reports Inside Edition. Despite this, Payne said he plans to file a complaint.
According to the TSA's website, since the point of a search is to find any banned items hidden under clothing, enough pressure must be applied. However, the agency says it has different screening procedures for children 12 and under to reduce the likelihood that they'll need a pat-down.
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