A female musician has complained that she was asked to remove her shirt during a security check at the Bengaluru airport, describing the experience as “really humiliating” and asking, “Why should a woman undress?”
The Bangalore Airport Authority has expressed regret over the incident and said the issue has been raised with the operations and security team. Airport security is handled by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
The musician, who has now deactivated her Twitter account, posted last evening, “I was asked to remove my shirt at the Bangalore airport during the security check. It was really humiliating to stand in just a camisole at the security checkpoint. As a woman you never want to be noticed.” No. @BLRAirport Why would you need a woman to dress you?”
The official Twitter handle of Bengaluru airport responded by saying that “this should not have happened” and requested the female passenger to share her contact details so that they can reach her.
“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused and this should not have happened. We have highlighted this to our operations team and also conveyed it to an official sovereign security team led by CISF (Central Industrial Security Force),” it said in a now-twitter reply. has been deleted.
Problems during security checks at airports have been a big talking point of late. When travel restrictions were lifted two years after the Covid pandemic, airports were flooded with holidaymakers. Last month, Delhi and Bengaluru airports witnessed chaotic scenes and long queues as passengers complained of delays at immigration counters and a frustrating experience during security checks.
A source at the Bengaluru airport then told NDTV that the CISF was understaffed. “There is no control over Bengaluru airport. It is the CISF that should manage it well. We have lent support. Support can only be given to some extent. The CISF is short-staffed, and immigration is handled by the central authority,” the source said.
Aviation security watchdog Bureau of Civil Aviation Security said it is getting new scanners and passengers will no longer have to move laptops, phones and chargers for baggage screening. This, the regulator said, would ensure faster security checks and decongest busy airports.
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