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Woman flier sues over search on 9/11 anniversary

Tuesday - 1/22/2013, 6:50pm  ET

DETROIT (AP) -- A woman who says she was ethnically targeted for a strip search at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has sued an airline and federal law enforcers.

Shoshana Hebshi was removed from a Frontier Airlines plane after it landed in Detroit on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The plane's crew had reported suspicious behavior by two men who'd spent several minutes in the bathroom and were sitting near her.

Hebshi says she was ordered to remove her clothes, bend over and cough while she was searched. The Sylvania, Ohio, woman filed suit Tuesday. She says she was targeted because she is half-Arab and half-Jewish.

She didn't know the men. No one was charged.

Frontier and the Transportation Security Administration won't comment on the lawsuit in Detroit federal court.


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