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SpiceJet Female Flight Attendants Allege Strip Search By Airline

AASTHA SINGAL | 2
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| March 31 , 2018 , 17:56 IST

The Air Hostesses of no-frills carrier SpiceJet alleged the security personnel of strip-searching them for the past few days after de-boarding the flight. Having had enough of the indecent behaviour, they protested against the act on Saturday morning at the Chennai airport.

The news broke out when a video of the female flight attendants complaining about being stripped surfaced on the internet. Some of the women were shamefully asked to remove their sanitary pads by the security personnel and were touched inappropriately while they were naked.

None of the attendants was allowed to use the washroom after de-boarding. One of the victims told NDTV, "We air hostesses are stripped naked over the last three days and women personnel touch us inappropriately. A colleague in her period was asked to remove her sanitary napkin."

The air hostesses were searched as they were suspected of tricking the cash collected by sales on board. The humiliated ladies refused to stop their protest until received an assurance from the Airlines of conducting a high-level meeting at the airline's Gurgaon office on Monday.

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Notably, the airline has called the "pat down" searches on employees and passenger, a global industry practice conducted in line with norms laid down by security agencies in closed rooms and by well-trained employees of the same gender in an official statement.

The statement specified, "The search essentially is the same as what any passenger goes through at any of the Indian airports while going through security check." The airline also confirmed carrying out specific searches on 28 and 29 March following a tip-off.

One of the flight attendants bellowed, "Is this the policy to remove your sanitary pad, touch private parts? We cabin crew are hired majorly for safety reasons of the fellow passengers but what about our respect and safety? We talk about rape and molestation, is this any less?"

Kamal Hingorani, SpiceJet's senior vice president conveyed that these spot checks are necessary to identify the "black sheep" among themselves. SpiceJet has assured of carrying out a thorough investigation in the matter and take strict action against the officials if "found guilty".