July 21, 2010
Shileen Flynn, 29, had already missed one flight and lost her luggage when she says she found herself in a room at the Vancouver airport, naked and squatting, while two crude border agents strip-searched her.
Flynn — a frequent traveller who has been strip-searched twice before — said this time was different. She said the women made her bend over a table, open her legs, and squat and cough. They asked her personal questions, like when she last had sex, Flynn said.
She fought back tears throughout the ordeal.
“I thought, if I start crying, they’re gonna think I’m guilty,” she said.
“As soon as they finished the strip search, I started bawling.”
One guard told her if she didn’t stop crying, she’d be detained, Flynn said. When she explained why she was crying, Flynn said a guard piped up: “How do you think I feel? I just had lunch. You make me feel sick.”
“It’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me in my life,” said Flynn, who cried the whole way to Frankfurt. “It was totally demeaning and degrading. … I’ve done nothing wrong. Absolutely nothing wrong.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 3:43 am