Report: TSA worker to teen 'You're only 15, cover yourself!" - FOX 13 News

Report: TSA worker to teen 'You're only 15, cover yourself!"

Posted: Updated:

The Transportation Security Administration is looking into reports claiming one of its officers at an airport ID checkpoint told a female teen passenger 'You're only 15. Cover yourself!'. 

According to the teen's story, the incident happened Monday at the Los Angeles International Airport. Photos show she wore leggings, a tank top, and a button-down.

The teen texted the details and a picture of what she was wearing to her father, who is the editor and chief of Make Magazine and founder of Boing Boing.

According to him his daughter says  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."

Frauenfelder later posted the following:

Here's what happened, as my daughter described it in text messages to us: she 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.

He also added:

It doesn't matter what she was wearing, though, because it's none of his business to tell girls what they should or should not wear. His creepy thoughts are his own problem, and he shouldn't use his position of authority as an excuse to humiliate a girl and blame her for his sick attitude.

After a meeting with Frauenfelder and his wife, the TSA released the following official statement:

"TSA officers are trained and expected to perform screening methods in a dignified and respectful manner at all times. We work to make our screening procedures as minimally invasive as possible while providing the highest level of security for the traveling public.

"We regret that this passenger had an unpleasant experience and are in the process of thoroughly reviewing the circumstances."

  • More National NewsMore>>

  • 3 people dead in District Heights in apparent murder-suicide

    3 people dead in District Heights in apparent murder-suicide

    Saturday, August 16 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-08-16 13:28:53 GMT
    Prince George's County police say one man and two women are dead in an apparent domestic-related murder-suicide at a townhouse in District Heights.
    Prince George's County police say one man and two women are dead in an apparent domestic-related murder-suicide at a townhouse in District Heights.
  • Iraqi PM to file complaint against new president

    Iraqi PM to file complaint against new president

    Sunday, August 10 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-08-11 02:47:06 GMT
    President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and provide humanitarian aid to refugees...
    Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise speech late Sunday, resisted calls for his resignation and accused the country's new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government...
  • James Foley's parents remember him as fearless, community shows support

    James Foley's parents remember him as fearless, community shows support

    One day after news of their son's killing surfaced, journalist James Foley's parents spoke about their son, remembering him as fearless and loving, and committed to his job, which he felt was a calling.
    One day after news of their son's killing surfaced, journalist James Foley's parents spoke about their son, remembering him as fearless and loving, and committed to his job, which he felt was a calling.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices