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Girl, 10, endures 2-minute TSA pat-down


SAN DIEGO - (KNSD/NBC) A father in San Diego is upset by the way TSA agents searched his 10-year-old daughter during a recent visit to an airport in North Carolina.

The pat-down took place Dec. 30 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after agents found a juice box in the girl's carry-on luggage.

The juice exceeded the limit of three-ounces of liquids for carry-ons.

TSA agents frisked the girl, a process that took nearly two minutes.  The child’s father, Kevin Payne, is calling it an over-reaction and inappropriate intrusion.

Payne said the whole situation was uncomfortable.

Although the pat-down lasted less than two minutes, the extra screening lasted about an hour.

In a written statement the TSA said procedures allow for the pat-down of a child in some circumstances and the pat-down of this girl "followed approved procedures."

“ I know it's to keep everyone on the plane safe but she kept patting me down … over and over," said 10-year-old Vendala Payne.

"Maybe the TSA agents were bad apples, maybe they were undertrained, maybe they need re-training, maybe they did everything by the book. I don't really know, but it was an uncomfortable situation," said father Kevin Payne.

Courtesy KNSD via NBC News Channel

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