‘Creepy’: Airport search saga deepens

Sydney Airport has unveiled its divisive security screening protocols after an ABC star shared her ‘scary’ experience online.

An ABC journalist who targeted Sydney Airport after being forced to remove her work jacket has been issued an apology after sharing her ‘uncomfortable and humiliating’ experience online.

Louise Milligan, who works as an investigative reporter for Four Corners, criticized the airport’s new ‘full body’ security screening measures on social media last week, saying she was told to remove her jacket when she only had a “little camisole” underneath. .

“This has never happened anywhere,” Milligan tweeted to his more than 129,000 followers. “The man in front, in a big bulky sweater, not made for changing. It was embarrassing, uncomfortable, scary.

Milligan said she alerted ‘furious’ Qantas Airways staff members who told her they had received several similar ‘harsh safety’ complaints earlier in the week.

“They said a woman was crying after being forced to take her t-shirt off,” Milligan tweeted. “They complained to airport managers.”

Milligan issued an update on Tuesday, saying airport staff reviewed CCTV footage of her going through security and agreed that “the guards did not give the customer service / decency that they were waiting when they made me take off the fitted jacket and change into a camisole”.

The reporter said Sydney Airport had apologized to her and agreed she should have been given the opportunity to ‘drop in modestly’ and speak to female security.

According to Milligan, the airport sent him a statement saying, “The correct protocols for the new body scanner were followed by our security contractor, but there was clearly a shortfall in terms of our customer service expectations. and communications.”

“So it’s up to the government to change the jacket rule,” Milligan remarked.

Other flyers said they encountered similar situations after Milligan’s tweet, including a woman who claimed she was ordered to remove a cotton shirt with no pockets while wearing only a camisole and a bra.

Milligan said she was asked to remove her work jacket because the “new body scanner” was unable to monitor it properly.

“But he could scan the old man in the bulky, loose sweater in front of me?” she tweeted. “Completely absurd. I said that and they just ignored me. It was disgusting.

The “private” security personnel were all male, Milligan said, adding that he even asked when the man in front of her had not been ordered to remove his oversized coat.

“Did it and they stared ahead like drones,” she tweeted. “Apparently only fitted blazers over little camisoles drive the machines crazy.”

Project host Lisa Wilkinson shared his own “uncomfortable and inappropriate” experience on Twitter a few hours after Milligan.

“At Brisbane airport and Adelaide airport the scan showed the underwire of my bra and the zipper of my jeans and I had to undergo a full pat down in both areas,” tweeted Wilkinson. “Awkward, uncomfortable, inappropriate and should be corrected.”

Some on Twitter accused Milligan of ‘grandfathering’ and said she could have asked for a private screening area, while others cited airport passenger screening protocols which require flyers to remove coats and “bulky” clothes.

“Security [seems] give a pass to men with bulky jackets, but a fitted jacket for women is a problem,” one response read.

Milligan, meanwhile, countered that she was asked to remove her work jacket because it was “too loose”, further complicating matters.

“It’s not cowardly,” she tweeted. “It’s suitable. I pointed out the loose, bulky sweater and they had nothing.

Others claimed outsourced security guards at airports were to blame.

“You’re giving up internal control of higher standards,” one reviewer noted. “This is a violation of aviation safety standards. Next time I fly I will be wearing an adult diaper with a hairy tail and a steel bra.

With the New York Post

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