Airport Security Accuses Gay Man of Pedophilia Because He Owned a Camera
A new report lambasts London’s Gatwick airport, noting that 71% of all passengers searches by security are unjustified. But among the unjustified breaches of privacy and ugly incidents of discrimination one case in particular stands out.
The report outlined the details: “The passenger was stopped and asked routine questions about their trip. When the officer indicated they wished to search the baggage, the passenger requested that this be done in a more private place. This request and a further request on this issue were refused. The contents of the passenger’s bag were then openly displayed including photographic equipment.
“The officer then commented to another officer that the passenger was HIV positive; the colleague then advised that the searching officer should use stronger hand gel. These comments were made within earshot of the passenger and indeed other passengers in the channel.
“When subsequently asked why this passenger had been stopped immediately after this interaction, the officer commented that the passenger ‘looked like he might be involved in paedophilia’ and then went on to say that ‘the presence of the camera and the fact he had a boyfriend confirmed this’ (no photos were examined).
A man traveling with a camera? In an airport? How unusual! And his partner with with him? Is anyone else’s spidey sense out of control right now?!