TSA Regrets ‘Accidental’ Breast Exposure of Congressman’s 17-Year-Old Niece During Pat-Down

The Transportation Security Administration said it regrets the “accidental” breast exposure of a Texas congressman’s 17-year-old niece during a pat-down at Los Angeles International Airport.

The congressman, Republican Rep. Ralph Hall, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) are calling for a federal investigation into how the incident occurred, Atlanta’s WSB-TV reported Tuesday. The event took place more than two years ago, but only recently came to light through a Freedom of Information Act request.

According to a TSA incident report, Hall’s niece — who has not been publicly identified — was traveling to Australia with her Christian youth group on March 5, 2010 when she was pulled aside for a secondary screening. According to the report, the girl’s “loose-fitting strapless sundress” slipped down to her stomach during the pat-down by a female officer, “revealing her breasts.”

“During the pat-down of the stomach area (slide procedure), minor passenger’s sundress slipped down to her stomach, revealing her breasts,” the report said. The TSA officer “apologized to the minor passenger for the incident and contacted terminal management.”

The incident took place in the middle of the terminal, the report said. The officer did not offer the passenger a private screening and she did not request one. The girl’s chaperones were “visibly upset” and her father filed a complaint the following day, including noting that he had contacted Hall.

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