Kevin Payne filmed a TSA agent patting down his 10-year-old daughter, Vendela, in the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina on Dec. 30, 2015 (video below).
“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," Kevin told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "The whole system seems to not work the way it should be working.”
A Capri Sun juice inside Vendela's carry-on bag caused the TSA to swab her bag for explosives, which turned up a false-positive, according to Kevin.
A female TSA agent also did a full-body pat-down of Vendela, which reportedly included multiple touches to the child's buttocks, chest and groin area.
"I know it's to keep everybody on the plane safe, but she kept patting me down," Vendela told NBC San Diego. "Pat down, pat down. It was like, over and over."
Nico Melendez, a spokesman for TSA, gave a statement on Jan. 4 to The San Diego Union-Tribune: “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."
The TSA website states on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page: “TSA officers will work with parents to resolve any alarms at the checkpoint. TSA has modified screening procedures for children 12 and under that reduce the likelihood of pat-down screening.”
Kevin told The Union-Tribune that he was threatened with arrest by the TSA if he interfered with the pat-down and was originally told not to film it, but did anyway.
"They gave her a very standard pat-down for an adult female," Kevin said. "I don’t think it was modified one bit."
He is considering filing a formal complaint with the TSA.