Passenger criticised for 'skimpy clothes'

2013-06-18 15:57

Los Angeles - A popular US blogger and publisher accused a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent of criticizing his 15-year old daughter for having clothing the agent said was too revealing. 

NBC News reports that Mark Frauenfelder, co-founder of the Boing Boing blog, posted that a TSA agent at LAX had "shamed" his daughter, Sarina, for the outfit she wore that day while traveling.

Frauenfelder posted that "she (Sarina) was at the station where the TSA checks IDs. She said the officer was "glaring" at her and mumbling. She said, 'Excuse me?' and he said, 'You're only 15, COVER YOURSELF!' in a hostile tone. She said she was shaken up by his abusive manner."

"It's the TSA's job to ensure the safety of passengers," Frauenfelder told NBC News. "It is not to judge teenage girls on the kind of clothes they're wearing and make them feel shameful."

Sarina says she would like an apology from the TSA, as she experienced the comment as being disrespectful to women. 

"We regret that this passenger had an unpleasant experience and are in the process of thoroughly reviewing the circumstances," TSA spokesman David Castelveter told NBC News.

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