Πέμπτη, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2010

85-year-old woman asked to unzip her pants so an inspector could poke her abdomen


When Cynthia Sutcliffe took her 85-year-old aunt to Ottawa Airport for a flight to Toronto on Dec. 28, she expected the 4-foot-10 woman would have a smooth and uneventful trip home.

Instead, the elderly woman was pulled out of the security lineup for the Air Canada flight and told to remove her boots and unzip her pants so a female inspector could poke her abdomen.

Sutcliffe, 55, said she can't understand why her white-haired, 90-pound aunt was singled out because she is no security threat to anyone. She said the woman was badly frightened by the experience and is afraid to be named publicly or to complain because she fears being placed on a no-fly list.

"She is white, Caucasian, worked as a federal government secretary in Toronto and never even had a parking ticket because she didn't drive a car," Sutcliffe said. "Now she is terrified that she will be searched again.

"It is a lot for a little old lady to take a limousine to the airport in Toronto and fly to Ottawa. This kind of search is too much."


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