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April 03, 2017 13:16
Indian-origin woman asked to strip at Frankfurt Airport

An Indian-origin woman, who was travelling to Iceland from Bengaluru was asked to strip by security officials at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport.

Shruthi Basappa, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, detailed her ordeal in a series of posts on social media.

"We were travelling to Iceland from India, via Frankfurt with our 4 year old daughter when I was asked to move aside for this 'random check', no explanations offered. I was taken into a room, and was asked to lift my dress/ take it off so that I could be checked to make sure I wasn't 'carrying anything under my clothes'. This whole ordeal happened in front of my 4 year old," Basappa wrote.

Officials at the airport asked her to remove her clothing, even after she cleared a full body scan. The security personnel patted down her request, owing to a recent abdominal surgery and shouted at her for voicing her reservations.

Basappa refused to remove her dress. Officials backed off after her husband, how is a citizen of Iceland walked into the room, where she had been escorted for the strip search, she said

"I hate to play the race card here, but I was the only person pulled aside and peeking at my husband instantly changed the woman's mind about the strip search that was now a regular pat down," she said.

This is not the first time that she had been pulled aside for detailed security check, according to her post.

"I am always the 'chosen one' for random security checks - pat down, baggage check, lets take you into a room for a closer pat down, etc... Today though, I was asked to remove the dress I was wearing. Yes. Remove my clothes. Is this the new norm? Isn't it enough to always be the one random person picked out of line that now I need to wrap my head around the fact that I might be asked to strip?" Basappa said.

Minister of External affairs Sushma Swaraj, has asked a report on the following incident.


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