TSA Officer Accused Of Harassing Girl, 15, Over Clothing At LAX
STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — A San Fernando Valley couple claims their 15-year-old daughter was harassed over her style of clothing by security personnel at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend.
Mark and Carly Frauenfelder, of Studio City, said their daughter was traveling with a group of high school students through LAX on Sunday when a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer “verbally abused” her while checking the group’s identification.
“She got up to a point where the TSA agent is checking IDs. And he was glaring at my daughter and mumbling. So my daughter is like, ‘Excuse me?’ And he said, ‘You’re only 15! Cover yourself up!’” said Mark.
The teen then sent angry text messages and a photo of what she was wearing at the time of the incident to her parents.
“She was wearing a long-sleeved plaid shirt over a tank top and long leggings, so I don’t even know what he was talking about,” said Carly. “She was furious and stunned.”
“(The agent) has absolutely no business telling my daughter what she can or can’t wear. Whether he’s wearing a uniform or if we were outside in public or something like that,” said Mark.
There was no immediate response to the allegations from the TSA, but the Frauenfelders said they filed a complaint and a TSA supervisor told them the agency has a zero tolerance policy for the agent’s alleged behavior.
The investigation is ongoing.