Ostensibly the authorities were "looking for the mother" of a new born baby found abandoned in the airport washrooms. But I fear it was all about honour, shame and humiliating the filthy infidels. Reason 1001 why infidels should never a/ fly on any flight operated by an Islamic entity NOR b/ take an airline route that involves a stopover - however brief - in the likes of Qatar, Dubai, etc. Just not worth the risk.
An Australian woman strip-searched by authorities at a Qatari airport after a premature baby was found in a bathroom says she is considering legal action over the "terrifying" experience. Two passengers from QR908 both told the ABC they had no idea what was happening to them when all women on the plane were asked to get off after a three-hour delay on October 2.
The two women wanted to remain anonymous and did not know each other before boarding the flight to Sydney.
One of the women said all adult females were removed from the plane by authorities and taken to two ambulances waiting outside the airport.
"No-one spoke English or told us what was happening. It was terrifying," she said. "There were 13 of us and we were all made to leave. A mother near me had left her sleeping children on the plane. There was an elderly woman who was vision impaired and she had to go too. I'm pretty sure she was searched."
She said while she respected Qatar's laws and culture, she was considering legal action. "If the other 12 women came forward with a class action, I would definitely be part of that," she said.
The other female passenger who spoke to the ABC said she was with a group of about six women, who began panicking when they realised they were being taken outside the airport.
"When I got in there, and there was a lady with a mask on and then the authorities closed the ambulance behind me and locked it," she said. "They never explained anything. She told me to pull my pants down and that I needed to examine my vagina.
"I said 'I'm not doing that' and she did not explain anything to me. She just kept saying, 'we need to see it we need to see it'."
The woman said she tried to get out of the ambulance and the authorities on the other side opened the door. "I jumped out and then ran over to the other girls. There was nowhere for me to run,"
The woman said she took her clothes off and was inspected, and touched, by the female nurse. "I was panicking. Everyone had gone white and was shaking," she said. "I was very scared at that point, I didn't know what the possibilities were."
Wolfgang Babeck was on the flight from Doha and said passengers had been waiting on the tarmac for several hours before all women were told to disembark. Dr Babeck said several women were visibly distressed when they returned to their seats.
"People couldn't believe what had happened."
Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said the Government has formally raised concerns with Qatar. "The Australian Government is deeply concerned at the unacceptable treatment of some female passengers on a recent Qatar Airways flight at Doha Airport," she said. "The advice that has been provided indicates that the treatment of the women concerned was offensive, grossly inappropriate, and beyond circumstances in which the women could give free and informed consent. The Government has formally registered our serious concerns about this incident with Qatari authorities."
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese described the incident as "really disturbing" and said he would ask for a briefing from the Government. "In my view it is completely unacceptable," he said.
New South Wales Police said the women received support while they completed their mandatory quarantine in Sydney. "Those women completed mandatory quarantine in NSW, during which time they were provided with medical and psychological support by NSW Health," it said in a statement.
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