Woman flier sues over search on 9/11 anniversary

January 22, 2013 • Business

FILE – This Sept. 13, 2011 file photo provided by Shoshana Hebshi shows the Sylvania, Ohio, woman who says she was strip-searched after being led in handcuffs from a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Detroit on Sept. 11, 2011. Hebshi said she is of mixed Arab-Jewish heritage and was searched solely because of her appearance. [auth] She filed a discrimination suit on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Detroit against the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and Frontier Airlines. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Shoshana Hebshi)

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

Authorities removed Shoshana Hebshi from a Frontier Airlines plane after landing in Detroit on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The crew had reported suspicious behavior by two Indian-American men sitting near her.

All three had olive skin color.

The freelance writer 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 Sylvania, Ohio, woman filed suit Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

Frontier and the Transportation Security Administration won’t comment.

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