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Woman flier sues over search on 9/11 anniversary

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013
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DETROIT (AP) — A woman who says she was ethnically targeted for a strip search at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has sued an airline and federal transportation officials.

Authorities removed Shoshana Hebshi from a Frontier Airlines plane after it landed in Detroit on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The crew had reported suspicious behavior by two Indian-American men sitting near her.

Hebshi describes herself as half-Arab and half-Jewish. She tells the Detroit Free Press she's concerned about raising her 7-year-old twins in a country where skin color can put their freedom at risk.

Hebshi says she was ordered to remove her clothes, bend over and cough while being searched. The Ohio woman filed suit Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

Frontier and the Transportation Security Administration declined comment.