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Thursday, October 31, 2002

Protest gegen Sicherheitscheck: Striptease am US-Flughafen - Panorama - SPIEGEL ONLINE
PROTEST AGAINST SAFETY CHECK
Striptease at a US airport

Intensified person controls at American airports can be mind numbing. A French woman is threatened with prison, because she protested in special way.

Washington - The French woman, 56, had celebrated the wedding of her nephew in Indiana and was on the return trip to France, when she was examined by security personnel. According to witnesses the scanner beeped again and again, until the "initially cooperative" woman became impatient and angrily took off her sweater, her blouse and - despite violent resistance by the security guard - also her bra. Nothing was found despite the striptease, but the incident led to a 10 minute shutdown of the airport. When the responsible judge in Evansville informed her about the possible maximum penalty, the woman broke down. The judge invoked the new anti-terror law, that was passed after September 11, 2001 and that punishes "criminal offences" at airports with up to three years of prison.
I think the security guard doth protest too much.

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