Breaking News: Hundreds of Canadians Sexually Abused at AirportsSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 11/23/2010 - 20:02
Bras were revealed, artificial joints probed and flesh squeezed, prompting scores of complaints last year from disgruntled Canadians subjected to physical searches at airports across the country.
Records obtained by The Canadian Press show the furor over intrusive screening patdowns is not limited to the United States, where angry travellers have openly objected to new security measures.
A 56-year-old woman travelling with her husband through Calgary in June 2009 objected to the thorough physical search a female screening officer gave her in front of other passengers.
"I have no doubt the woman knows my cup size and the size of my underwear," she wrote.
"She felt my body from top to bottom, running her fingers along the underwire of my bra and feeling my breasts, all in full view of every passenger and employee in the area. And she seemed to take great delight in doing so.
"It was degrading, embarrassing and humiliating."
A man en route to Ottawa early one morning wrote that he'd "never been so humiliated" by his search, which included a check of his collar, belt, waistband, "up and down my legs, my butt and my chest and back."
A woman screened at the Regina airport in October 2009 complained of being "mortified by the unexpected exposure of my body."
"I was informed that I would be 'patted down' and the agent then proceeded to lift my shirt up to the bottom of my bra without warning, exposing my stomach, and bottom of my breasts."
A screener at the Montreal airport examined the prosthesis in a man's left shoe. "But the girl then ran her wand over the stump of my foot — when it was blatantly obvious that something was missing, and no foreign object could be present!"
The complaints were among 1,520...
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