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Parents slam airport frisking of girl, 6

Associated Press / April 14, 2011

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky couple said yesterday they want the Transportation Security Administration to change how it screens children after their daughter, 6, was frisked at the New Orleans airport.

Selena Drexel told ABC’s “Good Morning America’’ the family was returning home from a vacation earlier this month when their daughter Anna was selected for a pat down.

The couple posted a video of the search on YouTube. It showed a TSA agent patting down the child and explaining the procedure to the girl and her parents. The screener said that she would use the back of her hands on sensitive areas and would “put my hand in the waistband.’’ The girl’s father, Todd Drexel, said Anna was confused by the search and started crying afterward because she thought she had done something wrong.

Selena Drexel said such searches are inappropriate for children because they’re usually told not to let adults touch them in sensitive areas.

In a statement, the TSA said the officer followed proper procedure but that the agency is reviewing its screening policies for “low-risk populations, such as young passengers.’’

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