10-year-old girl's juice box prompts pat down by TSA at airport
The pat down led to an extra hour of screening, says Kevin Payne
Having a juice box in your carry-on luggage might mean you get an hour of extra screening at the airport, as a 10-year-old girl and her father discovered in late December.
Kevin Payne filmed his daughter being frisked by Transportation Security Administration officers on Dec. 30, and posted it to YouTube. He was at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina returning home to Pacific Beach, Calif.
Officers pulled her aside because she accidentally left a Capri Sun juice pouch in her carry-on bag, San Diego Union-Tribune wrote this week.
Though some of the footage is slowed down, the video shows his daughter, Vendela Payne, being pat down for about two minutes by an officer.
Payne wrote comments over the video as well, detailing the officer's motions and writing that the procedure made him "sick to his stomach."
"What was going through my mind is, 'This is annoying, I don't like this, I want to run out of the door,'" Vendela told NBC TODAY.
Her father said that the incident led to an additional hour of screening afterwards.
"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," Payne told the Union-Tribune.
Despite Payne's outrage at the way TSA treated them, the TSA said the pat down and screening is justified.
"TSA screening procedures allow for the pat down of a child under certain circumstances. The process by which the child was patted down followed approved procedures," Michael England, a TSA spokesman, told CBC News in a statement.
The spokesman added a cell phone alarm began to ring inside the girl's bag, requiring additional measures, and that much of the time was spent speaking with Payne regarding procedure.
Payne and his daughter made their flight despite the hour delay.
The TSA gives guidelines on its website on preparing children for going through airport security. It also states that children have a modified screening procedure, including not examining footwear like they do with adults.
"TSA officers will consult parents or the traveling guardian about the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening of a child," according to the website.
Payne, however, remained dissatisfied with the TSA's response. He told NBC he intends to file a complaint.
"I think they could have done a better scrutiny of what they were looking for prior to putting their hands all over my 10-year-old daughter," he said.