Man complains about airport pat-down

2012-10-18 09:38

Johannesburg - A Gauteng couple have complained about an airport security check that was done while about 100 people looked on.

Mohamed Bhamjee and his wife were heading to New York and underwent a security check when they were about to board at OR International Airport, reported The Star.

Bhamjee said he didn’t object to the check but wanted the pat-down to be done in private or away from the other passengers.

“We were extremely upset,” said Bhamjee.

An Airports Company SA (Acsa) spokesperson said the “the unpleasant experience” was regretted but that searches were standard procedure.

She said private hand searches were only done in special cases and that this was explained to Bhamjee.

  • nicholas.wessels - 2012-10-18 09:50

    Only flights to the USA security do an additional security screening before boarding. This is required by the US FAA because the SA airport security is too lax. Every single passenger is subject to this on flights heading to the USA and this is nothing out of the ordinary.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-18 09:55

      Agreed. I get "patted down" often and don't see any problem with it. I'd rather have everyone screened carefully, myself included, than have a potential terrorist threat on board.

      chez.kri - 2012-10-18 09:58

      @nicholas. Yes and that is because the americans are paranoid and most countries can't stand them

      chez.kri - 2012-10-18 10:00

      And by the way, its not jsut flights out of South Africa that the USA check.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-18 10:03

      I think when he arrives in th US he's going to get more than just a pat down.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-18 10:19

      He should be thankful it wasn't Dr Aubrey Levin from Canada

      givenvon.baloyi - 2012-10-18 10:26

      It's not true that SA security is to lax, if you fly to USA from wherever in the world, you'll be subject to extra screening. I've travelled through UK and Zurich and had similar experience. It's a post 9/11 practice

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-18 10:26

      I was "patted" down at Heathrow in 2010 in full view of hundreds of people. I was even made to take off my shoes and belt...

      erich.goosen - 2012-10-18 11:37

      It is understandable after 9/11.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-18 12:18

      Oh please....I have been patted down jewellery always sets off the alarms...really people are so stupid at times.

      freddie.miff - 2012-10-18 14:11

      It happens everywhere, have seen it at Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London this year alone. Grow up you pathetic, victim mentality little leach.

      mike.boylen - 2012-10-18 15:23

      I have a pacemaker, so I usually get patted down as I can't go through the security gate. It's no big deal, and to ask for privacy would just take more time.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-10-18 15:55

      The behaviour of a certain group of people have resulted in the USA being paranoid about security.

      GordonT - 2012-10-18 19:59

      So what. Stereotypes do not magically appear out of nowhere. And in this case, the checks were not out of the ordinary or excessive. Many people are judged or burdened with the actions of their race and type (AA/BEE ?), so get over it and stop whining! - 2012-10-19 01:20

      I almost always get patted down when I go to the USA. It's just par for the course, and one just has to accept that it's in the interest of every passenger's safety.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-19 03:38

      This guy is going to get pad down alot in the US and he better get use to it.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-19 04:15

      Something occured to me re all of this. If the security etc is so good, we get scanned, patted blah come so many/much......drugs manage to get into the country?

      johnny.sloane.3 - 2012-10-19 08:27

      Why did I not get one of these complimentary rub-downs?

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-19 10:25

      I got a very thorough pat-down in Frankfurt for a flight headed to Dubai. It was a bit uncomfortable but I guess it the price you pay for security.

  • anthea.lagrange - 2012-10-18 09:54

    The worst pat down I ever got was in Athens, I felt like I'd been groped by that woman. That is a very small price to pay for security, just live with it.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 09:58

      You probably were...

      anthea.lagrange - 2012-10-18 10:00

      Oh, I hope not ,she wasn't one of those pretty greek girls....

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 10:06

      are there any?

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 10:07

      Did you get some extra virgin olive oil with patting? Thanks for the smile!

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-18 10:19

      My Mrs is an exceptionally pretty Greek girl :)

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-18 11:13

      I assume the two thumbs down are from dudes who have un-pretty Greek wives.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 11:19

      must have been a rude awakening thing ... they didn't know with age comes the facial hair issue.

      anthea.lagrange - 2012-10-18 11:33

      Greece is full of very beautiful girls with exquisite names like Aphrodite, but there are those that look like their fathers, and not in a good way...

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-10-18 11:43

      Talking about Greek women. Look on You Tube for the "Greek Condom" and see how a Greek mammy will help her daughter out.

  • L.C.G001 - 2012-10-18 09:55

    He is just upset at that he got "patted down" and the security guard didn't even cuddle him afterwards.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 09:59


      zaatheist - 2012-10-18 10:03

      No! No! Please. There can only be a very few security guards I would want a cuddle from.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 11:20

      errr ... Vin Diesel anybody?

      mike.boylen - 2012-10-18 15:49

      I got patted down in Brussels by a guard who really seemed to enjoy the job. I felt as though he should at least have bought me flowers and chocolates.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-19 10:11

      Everyone gets patted down, the man is talking nonsense. I get pat down on a Domestic Flight to Durban, and much more happy for it. At least they're doing their jobs !

  • davemanza - 2012-10-18 09:56

    How on earth is this newsworthy. I've been annoyed by airport searches for ages. So what?

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 09:57

    Ja, those "pat down rooms" are occupied ... 1 x KFC barrel & 12 x Staff. Obese behaviour is a private thing, if not a member of Govt.

  • Steven - 2012-10-18 09:58

    How is this news worthy?

      AlexWallerSA - 2012-10-19 02:01

      I completely agree with you.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-18 09:58

    If Bhamjee is upset now, wait until he gets to the USA. He will get strip searched at every airport because (a) he holds a foreign passport, (b) he is not lily white and (c) his name is Mohamed.

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-10-18 10:08

      Not juat a foreign passport, more importantly cause its a South African Passport, all airports double check SA passport holders now. All the Pakistani illegals travelling with fake SA passports see.

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-18 10:18

      Im sure you both speak from first hand experience?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-18 10:23

      I'm only "guilty" of the first "offence", and I get called out of the boarding line as a matter of routine. You get used to it after a while.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-19 10:40

      I'm sure it goes against his religion, it's very likely that he is one of those that expects the whole world to respect his religion and in return he will totally disrespect any other form of religion, it was just a security check for crying out loud, he needs to get over himself.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-18 10:20

    Potential security threat. Deal with it.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-18 10:28

    Reminds me of the security check on the Indian lady in one of Schuster's movies. The scene with the oversized bra gadget. LOL. Shame, that was a bit harsh

      angela.nair.3 - 2012-10-18 11:39

      Ja Nico - and the Indians had a jolly good laugh - in fact Schusters the main man - sick of these whingy whiners - they should move - to the states! If you have nothing to hide - dont complain - rather a cuddle than a bomb - hope they checked his briefs!!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 10:29

    Do they feel they're special? They don't have to comply to what everyone else has to comply with? Rubbish. Support security and support the people who have to enforce security because it's in all our best interests. Do you think they particularly like to conduct the search? Imagine how they feel having to lay their hands all over a few hundred people.

  • d4zza - 2012-10-18 10:29

    I bet that if security had taken them to a private room, the couple would have made a story, saying that they had no reason to be "dragged" to the back like criminals. This couple is just trying to sensationalise nothing.

  • sean.crookson - 2012-10-18 10:41

    Letting everyone see how a security check is done while they wait is not the wisest thing to do. The privacy angle is also important. Even in the UK, a search by police has to be done out of sight.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-18 10:41

    why does this man demand to be patted down in private, what makes him more special than the rest of us. airlines do not need to apologise. rules are rules for the safety of everyone. get a life MR BHAMJEE.

  • craig.moir.14 - 2012-10-18 11:27

    A muslim flying to America? I'm surprised they didn't do a cavity search as well.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-10-18 16:18

      They are waiting in the US to do that.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-18 11:30

    Excuse me - but what makes you numero uno - privacy - eish these people have visions of grandeur.

  • susan.grunbichler - 2012-10-18 11:32

    Anyone who has been fitted with, for instance, a hip replacement KNOWS that the alarms are going to go off when you go through the security gates, and you WILL BE GIVEN A PAT-DOWN, and have their Mystical Magical Wand waved all over your body. I'd prefer this to be done in the open, than in some creepy little back-room. And of course, this doesn't only happen in the USA. It's a world-wide practice.The sensitivity level of the alarms seems to have been raised, so they go off now, when they didn't do so before.Not all the people carrying out the pat-down are diplomatic or considerate admittedly but if you don't like it, you could always stay at home??

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-10-18 12:34

      going through UAE security at Dubai airport, the sensors are so sensitive that you automatically take your shoes and belt off and send it through with your bag, even then sometimes the static in jeans set the beepers off and you must go through again and they search you manually as well, I never complain, just do the stripping of shoes and belt and whatever, go through and get my stuff on other side. if I argue they will just lock me up to be spitefull, so.......

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-10-18 11:34

    Oh boo hoo.

  • koo.doyle - 2012-10-18 11:35

    Get over it. It's something we all have to endure for general safety. I'm happy to put up with it, if it means a safer flight.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-10-18 11:48

    A pat down is far better than them starting a complete strip down and then an internal search, asume the position please sir.

  • eddiebant - 2012-10-18 12:01

    See no problem being patted down in front of everybody.Nothing to hide so there shouldn't be a upset.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-18 12:05

    Get wise. It happens all over the world. You're not special.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-18 12:24

    Racial profiling. A sad reality of flying to the USA

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-18 12:31

    And so was I at OR Tambo. For goodness sake these people are doing it for the safety of the country - they are not picking on you and really it is not that bad.

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 14:58

    And whats the problem? It happens to thousands of people in SA everyday, its called being robbed. Like corruption, its a South African culture promoted by the ANC government. It is only a crime if you oppose the government, ask Malema

      khumbudzo.budeli - 2012-10-19 09:43

      Wat r u talking abwt????????????

  • Hannah Puissa Mostert - 2012-10-18 17:45

    Ah stop complaining its for your safety, if you are innocent what are you worried about, I was put through an x-ray machine in London in front of everyone, I know they did it for security not for prejudice, it turned out the sequins on my top set the alarm off

  • bangakupalula - 2012-10-18 18:41

    Bhamjee must be a first time flyer if he feels that this is news worthy.

  • leeOnearth - 2012-10-18 19:13

    With a name like Mohamed- hallo, he probably looks like a suicide bomber

  • sandra.johnstone.56 - 2012-10-18 20:24

    Don't touch me on my studio.....

  • clive.demont - 2012-10-19 09:22

    Terrorism and killing of innocent civilians is almost always done by muslims or other deranged people so why the complaint if they are targeted. Keep it up.

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-19 10:40

    Maybe he complained because the person giving him the fondle was not pretty enough. !!!!!!!!!!

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-19 11:22

    This may sound like conspiracy theory and irrelevant but I spoke to a lady the other day whose grandson is a highly qualified engineer who did inspections at Ground Zero. She told me that he had found that the real reason the towers collapsed after those attacks was that the ratio of sand to concrete/cement was totally out of line and that it was a miracle the structures hadn't collapsed in heavy winds before 9/11. It is all currently under litigation because the Construction Company has to take responsibility. True? I do not know for sure but in reality it seems to me that Americans are willing to kill others and themselves at the drop of a hat from school children upwards.

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