Officials deny Saudi woman ill-treated at airport

15th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 May 2006, BERLIN - A German official on Monday denied reports that a Saudi woman had been abused or humiliated during security controls at Munich airport - but confirmed that the male guard involved in the dispute would be sacked.

15 May 2006

BERLIN - A German official on Monday denied reports that a Saudi woman had been abused or humiliated during security controls at Munich airport - but confirmed that the male guard involved in the dispute would be sacked.

The official - speaking on the condition of anonymity - underlined that the Saudi woman had been checked by a female security guard and that German airport regulations stipulate woman are always checked by woman and men by men.

"A male security guard touched her on the shoulder after the check. But he did not strike, abuse or humiliate her," said the official.

Nevertheless, the male security guard will lose his job over the incident, the official said: "We will dismiss him."

The Saudi newspaper Arab News quoted the German Embassy in Riyadh as saying authorities investigated allegations by the Saudi passenger that a male security guard abused and struck her and found that the guard had breached the code of conduct for German airport employees.

"There are clear instructions that officials must be courteous and respectful to passengers, in addition to being considerate of the wishes of passengers who want to be searched behind screens," the statement said, alluding to the incident that took place on May 8.

Many conservative Saudi women adhere to a strict dress code that involves covering themselves from head to toe and not exposing any part of their body to a male who is not a close relative.

DPA

Subject: German news

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