A California man who video recorded a TSA screener running her hands up and down his 10-year-old daughter’s body, placing special attention to the girl’s buttocks, breasts and inner thighs, and running her hands inside the girl’s dress, is accusing the TSA of going overboard during the intensive pat-down at a North Carolina airport last month.
But the Transportation Security Administration said they were only trying to keep everybody safe.
After all, they say, the girl was trying to smuggle a three-ounce pouch of Capri Sun onto the plane.
And that could have proven dangerous.
A Capri Sun juice pouch mistakenly left in a 10-year-old San Diego girl’s carry-on handbag led a TSA agent to subject the girl to almost two minutes of frisking and extra screening that lasted about an hour, her father said.
Liquids exceeding 3 ounces are not allowed in carry-on bags, for fear they might contain explosives, but the girl’s father said the resulting search was an over-reaction and an inappropriate intrusion.
Kevin Payne of Pacific Beach and his daughter, Vendela, were passing through the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Dec. 30, 2015, headed home to San Diego, when U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents discovered the liquid.
Authorities followed up with a swab of the bag and a false-positive test for explosives, then a nearly 2-minute-long full-body pat-down in which a female TSA agent touched the girl’s buttocks and groin repeatedly.
Payne posted an edited version of the video on YouTube, complete with written commentary, which quickly started going viral before YouTube removed it, saying it was a “violation of YouTube’s policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten.”
But a longer, unedited version of the video still remains on his account. Also, the story has been picked up by news sites throughout the world, so it’s doubtful if YouTube will be able to remove all the videos from the internet.
Payne and his family were flying back home to San Diego from North Carolina that day.
UPDATE: YouTube restored the video it had removed. It is posted below.