Again! The TSA abuses another oneSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:51
An Ohio mother of two who was unlawfully arrested, detained and strip-searched because of her ethnicity filed a lawsuit today against Frontier Airlines, Detroit Metro Airport officials and federal authorities.
Shoshana Hebshi, 36, was born and raised in California. Her mother is Jewish and her late father emigrated from Saudi Arabia to the United States. On Sept. 11, 2011, she was forcibly removed from an airplane in handcuffs, strip searched, and held for four hours in a small cell even though she had done nothing suspicious.
“I was frightened and humiliated, and my rights were clearly violated solely because of my ethnicity,” said Hebshi, a freelance journalist who lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband and twin boys. “As an American citizen and a mom, I’m really concerned about my children growing up in a country where your skin color and name can put your freedom and liberty at risk at any time. This kind of discrimination should not be tolerated.”
On Sept. 11, 2011, Hebshi was traveling to Detroit Metro Airport after visiting her sister in California. She was seated next to two men of South Asian descent, who she did not know. When the plane landed, armed agents boarded the flight and Hebshi and the two men were handcuffed and ordered off the flight at gunpoint. Officers refused to explain the arrest and Hebshi did not know when she would be able to call her family. She was placed in a 6’ by 10’ cell with a metal cot and a video camera above the open toilet. While in the cell, a crying Hebshi was ordered to strip naked and squat and cough as an officer looked on. The officer than looked in Hebshi’s mouth, lifted her eyelids and searched her hair. She was released four hours later after being interrogated.