A woman alleges strip searched at Bengaluru airport during security check

BANGALORE AIRPORT

A woman passenger alleged that she was asked to remove her shirt during the security check at Bengaluru Airport, a charge the CISF, which handles security at airports, said will be looked at internally.

“The department will conduct its own internal inquiry regarding this incident,” CISF chief PRO Anil Pandey said.

The woman, who was booked on a domestic flight, tweeted, “I was asked to remove my shirt at Bengaluru airport during security check. It was really humiliating to stand there at the security checkpoint wearing just a camisole and getting the kind of attention you’d never want as a woman.” Tagging Bengaluru airport, she posted, “@BLRAirport Why would you need a woman to strip?”

The airport authorities distanced themselves from the episode. “We have nothing to say, as it (the matter) has got to do with the CISF,” a communication team member of the airport told PTI.

As the tweet went viral, the woman later deleted the tweet and deactivated her account.

A woman alleges strip searched at Bengaluru airport during security check

CISF personnel deployed at the airport said the incident took place around 8 pm. A CISF personnel said, “As per procedure, CISF personnel directed the passenger to remove her jacket, which contained metal parts. They (CISF personnel) did not ask her to remove the shirt. Although she complied with the rules during the security check, she later tweeted falsely accusing us.”

Chief PRO Pandey said, “Our prime responsibility is to ensure security and follow security-check procedures as per norms. Our priority is also to ensure that during the procedure, no personnel should hurt passengers or emotionally get on the wrong side of the passengers. The department will conduct its own internal inquiry regarding this incident.”

The CISF staff asked her to remain inside while the jacket was returned, and the passenger reportedly said she was comfortable stepping out. The passenger was seemingly unhappy when security personnel asked her to take off her coat.

It has also been reported that the CISF is contemplating taking legal action against the woman passenger, who was flying to Ahmedabad from Bengaluru on an IndiGo flight, for making false accusations against the agency.

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