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Enhanced pat down leaves Grand Rapids airline passenger in tears

Christa Graban
WZZM 13 [1]
Saturday, November 20, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Before boarding a flight in Grand Rapids, a woman says the search at the security checkpoint was violent, unnecessary and extremely upsetting.

“When I got on the plane all I wanted to do was sob,” says traveler Ella Swift.



Swift says they told her she was singled out because she was wearing a skirt. She says the search earlier this month was very rough and left her in tears.

“The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels,” she says. “I think I yelped. I was in pain for about an hour afterwards. It just felt excessive and unnecessary.”

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