Indian-origin woman allegedly asked to strip for security check at Frankfurt airport

Uddipta Das
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directed the Indian Consulate in Germany to provide her with a detailed report on the incident.

New Delhi, April 1: An Indian-origin woman travelling from Bengaluru to Iceland alleged that she was asked to strip by security officials at Frankfurt airport earlier this week for security check. The woman identified as Shruthi Basappa, a resident of Reykjavik, Iceland described her ordeal in a series of Facebook post.

The woman claimed that she was asked to lift up or remove her clothing although she reportedly cleared full body scans. Apart from that, she also reportedly requested the personnel to pat her down gently as she had undergone an abdominal surgery recently. But this request of her was also ignored by the security personnel and was the personnel also allegedly shouted at her.

Basappa in her Facebook post wrote, “”We were travelling to Iceland from India, via Frankfurt with our 4 year old daughter when I was asked to move aside for this ‘random check’, no explanations offered. I was taken into a room, and was asked to lift my dress/ take it off so that I could be checked to make sure I wasn’t ‘carrying anything under my clothes’. This whole ordeal happened in front of my 4 year old,”

However, while Basappa stood her ground and refused the stripping order. She added that once her Icelandic husband walked into the room where she was escorted to be strip searched, the personnel backed off.

While Basappa has filed a complaint with the Frankfurt airport authorities, but apparently they are still to respond to her complaint.

Following the news of Basappa’s ordeal becoming viral, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directed the Indian Consulate in Germany to provide her with a detailed report on the incident.