Kevin Payne, of San Diego, said it happened at the Raleigh-Durham International airport as he and his family were headed home to California. They were going through security when a juice box in his daughter's purse and a false positive for explosives put TSA agents on alert. The young girl was pulled aside and patted down by a female agent.
"They just kept doing it over and over," Payne's daughter, Vendela, added. "I felt very uncomfortable. I felt like screaming."
The TSA said a cellphone in the girl's bag required "additional resolution procedures." Payne recorded the 2 minute pat-down on his cellphone.
"I thought it was incredibly inappropriate, very invasive and it really violated my daughter," he said.
Payne said he planned to file a complaint.
The TSA said "the process by which the child was patted down followed approved procedures."