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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Mother Who Was Told To 'Prove Lactation' At Frankfurt Airport Might Seek Legal Action

A woman has filed a complaint with German police alleging she was told to squeeze her breast at airport security to prove she was lactating.



Gayathiri Bose told the BBC she was "humiliated" by the experience and would explore formal legal action.

She said police at Frankfurt Airport were suspicious because she was carrying a breast pump but travelling without her baby.

German police denied she had been asked to prove her ability to breastfeed.

They had earlier declined to comment on the specific allegations but said such measures were "clearly" not part of routine procedure.
'Where is your baby?'

Ms Bose, who was travelling alone, said she was on her way to board a flight to Paris last Thursday when she was stopped at the security screening station.

The 33-year-old Singaporean said that after her carry-on bag, which contained her breast pump, went through the X-ray machine, she was taken aside for questioning.

"[They had] an incredulous tone. 'You are breastfeeding? Then where is your baby? Your baby is in Singapore?'," she said.

Ms Bose said the officers did not seem to believe her when she insisted the device was a breast pump.

They kept her passport and she was then led to a room by a female police officer for further questioning, she said.

Inside the room, the police officer asked her to prove she was lactating, claimed Ms Bose.

"She asked me to open up my blouse and show her my breast. She then asked how come I didn't have anything attached to my breast, if I was lactating and expressing breastmilk," said Ms Bose.

"And I said, there is no such thing that is [permanently] attached, we usually place the pump to our nipple and the machine does the job.

"She wanted me to show her by hand-expressing a little."

Ms Bose said she complied and squeezed her breast. "I was just in shock, I was going through the motions. I was all by myself as well, and wasn't sure what would happen to me if they decided to make trouble for me."

"It was only when I came out of the room that I began to slowly understand what had just happened. I just started to cry, I was terribly upset."

She said officials then tested and cleared the pump before returning her passport, and she was allowed to board her plane to Paris. Ms Bose asked for the name of the female officer, who wrote it on a piece of paper.
'Very traumatising'

Ms Bose said the incident, which lasted for nearly 45 minutes, was "humiliating" and "very traumatising".

"When they finally cleared me of the matter, I told them that this is not the way to treat someone. I said 'Do you know what you just did to me, you made me show my breast.'

"The officer just said, 'Okay it is over now, please go'. She was totally nonchalant, she didn't seem very remorseful or empathetic."

Ms Bose, a manager at a transport company who has a three-year-old child and a seven-month-old baby, said she was exploring the possibility of taking formal legal action.

"While I do respect the need to do security checks on items that may seem suspicious, to outrage a person's modesty is definitely crossing the line."
from bbc

25 comments:

marriedchick said...

oh boy.... a simple apology would have fixed this...

Vicwhytehart said...

Funny people....wats der biz wit a breast pump even if d person is not Brest feeding? After all, she had no drug on her

OkechukwuOscar Ezeani Wanted!!! said...

Ewoooooo.....!

Monkeynofine said...

😊😊😊😊😊😊😀

Miss Ess said...

Such harassment....

Anonymous said...

It will be serious if they caught someone with penis enlargement pump and they tell the person to test it ... Wahallah don happen be that ... Oyibo no care about humiliating black or any other race .

LOLLAH said...

Heya this isn't nice...how do you tell someone to use her fingers to press milk out of her boobs? Annoying

Shytown said...

Well the kinda things happening these days!

Broomstick said...

I don't gerrit. What did they think the breast pump was? A weapon? How come she was traveling without her baby? It's a traumatic experience

Edo finest said...

That's how I always get patted down anytime I am flying.Can be so annoying,

beeolah said...

Very very annoying and embarrassing

Gbogbo bigz girlz said...

She should have checked it in

Nybabe said...

Smh. She should take legal actions. Thats a breach on her privacy. Open breast to squeeze ke? Sue their sorry arses

Anonymous said...

Most European airports have very insensitive & horrible officials. I hate them!!!
But what can u do? As man must fly regularly.
* I have them on my sight for potential target for International embarrassing exposure & big time ligitation one day...one day!!!

Blossom said...

So the breast pump looked like a gun? Or bomp? Some of this security officers can be so overzealous. Let her seek legal action against them. They were out of line.

Nmasinachi said...

Nahhh, no apology can possibly fix this humiliation. This is just horrible.

Demilade said...

@gbogbo bigz girls, that defeats the purpose of the pump.. she has to extract breast milk at certain intervals or she gets engorged.

queen hadassah said...

This is very annoying and humiliating.

queen hadassah said...

This is very annoying and humiliating.

The General's Wife said...

Hahahhahahaha
See me nodding. I can tell u are u are fed up!
LMAO @ one day,one day!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE WHAT THEY DID TO HER.THEY SHOULD HAVE EVEN DETAINED HER FURTHER AND MAKE HER MISS THAT FLIGHT BECAUSE SINGAPORE WOULD HAVE DONE WORST..

Original Gangster said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

IS it by force to check it in?

Anonymous said...

So she can't go anywhere without a baby abi? U travel with a baby u being suspected that u are a thief, u leave the baby...another wahala

Anonymous said...

Blame-The-Victim mentality up there ☝🏾 Rather than address the perpetrator

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