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Father outraged, claims TSA ‘groped’ daughter during screening

A father said he is outraged after his 10-year-old daughter was screened by the TSA during a recent trip.

The father, Kevin Payne, recorded the entire screening from Dec. 30 and posted the footage to YouTube with his own captions. In it, he alleges multiple times that his daughter was “groped” and “assaulted” by the agent.

The video shows the agent patting the child down numerous times while the child maintains a blank stare. Payne’s captions call the screening a “heinous act” that makes him “sick to my stomach.”

Payne told the San Diego Union-Tribune that his daughter accidentally left a Capri Sun in her bag, which triggered the additional screening. He also said he understands the TSA has a job to do, but things were taken too far.

“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 said. “The whole system seems to not work the way it should be working.”

Payne told “Good Morning America” that he plans to file a formal complaint with the agency.

However, the TSA told the Washington Post that the pat-down was in line with training.

“TSA screening procedures allow for the pat down of a child under certain circumstances,” the spokesman said in a statement. “The process by which the child was patted down followed approved procedures.”

Bruce St. James & Pamela Hughes

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