Airport security officers pulled a teenage girl’s dress down and exposed her breasts during an invasive pat-down, a US Congressman claims.
Ralph Hall, of Texas, says his great-niece was “badly mistreated” during security screening at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, the MailOnline reports.
He has instigated a federal investigation into the Transport Security Administration.
The incident involving his 17-year-old great-niece happened two years ago but has just been made public under the Freedom of Information Act because it was caught on CCTV footage.
She had been travelling to Australia with classmates from Southwest Christian School in Texas.
The Congressman wants the agent who conducted the pat-down fired.
But the TSA has released a statement to MailOnline saying the girl’s breast exposure was “accidental”.
“We regret that the incident of more than two years ago was one that caused embarrassment to the young lady, however, an investigation concluded that the event was accidental.”
The agency says the officer involved apologised and was given more training.
According to wsbtv, TSA documents say the girl’s dress straps slipped off her shoulders and exposed her breasts while her stomach was being patted down by an officer.