Uploaded on Apr 15, 2011
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The parents of the six-year-old girl frisked at a New Orleans airport by a TSA worker today spoke out about the ordeal.
Selena and Todd Drexel, from Kentucky, told ABC's Good Morning America they now want the TSA to change how it screens children after their daughter Anna was subject to an invasive body search.
The family had been coming home from a holiday earlier this month when they were stopped by airport security.
The couple, who also have a nine-year-old daughter, Grace and a two-year-old daughter Caroline, said everyone bar Caroline had to go through the airport scanner, but it was little Anna who was selected for a pat down.
'I did ask questions as to why she was being selected,' Mrs Drexel told the show. 'I didn't get a lot of information.
'I did ask for alternatives and asked for her to be rescanned but was refused.'
The couple managed to capture the frisk on film and then posted it on YouTube.
Dr Drexel said Anna had been confused by the search and had started crying because she thought she'd done something wrong.
'Initially she was confused, but she's very respectable of adults and did what she was asked to do,' he said.
'But afterwards she broke down with crying because she really didn't understand what she'd done wrong. So we had to try and explain this to her.'
When asked why the couple had posted the footage on YouTube Mrs Drexel said they had had a very bad feeling about what had happened and wanted to get other people's thoughts on it.
The disturbing footage shot by the Drexels shows Anna being called forward for a full pat down and finger search by a burly TSA security agent.
Just before the search begins Mrs Drexel asks 'can't you just re-scan her', before being told 'no' by the TSA guard as the small child is called forward for the search.
The gloved guard feels the child all over, poking her fingers down the child's trousers before running her hands around the waist band.