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DOH-SYD flight women internally examined before takeoff

Old Oct 25, 20, 5:56 pm
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DOH-SYD flight women internally examined before takeoff

Not sure where to put this, but I haven't been able to find it anywhere yet on FlyerTalk.

According to reports, 13 women were removed from a QR flight DOH-SYD for medical examination after a premature baby was found in a rest room at DOH. If accounts are accurate it seems quite a dreadful ordeal for those involved.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-...found/12811716
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Old Oct 25, 20, 6:49 pm
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Yes saw the article too, disgusting really if true.

I wonder why the women didn't reject the search (allegedly "without explanation"), and if they did, what would have been the next course of action?

If anyone was asking you to take off your underwear for a closer inspection 'down there', there would have to be a pretty good reason provided, no?

It appears there were a few aircraft delayed, presumably the same thing was happening elsewhere. What are other non-aussies saying?
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Old Oct 26, 20, 12:04 am
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Originally Posted by davidj1 View Post
Yes saw the article too, disgusting really if true.

I wonder why the women didn't reject the search (allegedly "without explanation"), and if they did, what would have been the next course of action?

If anyone was asking you to take off your underwear for a closer inspection 'down there', there would have to be a pretty good reason provided, no?

It appears there were a few aircraft delayed, presumably the same thing was happening elsewhere. What are other non-aussies saying?
Unfortunately I know one of the women on the flight and sadly what was quoted in the press is was very much true. She questioned their intentions and why she had to be searched in such a way and was told in no uncertain terms that 'she had to have the search'. They were intimidated, not communicated to and hugely upset.

It is abhorrent that Qatar Airways allowed this to happen and very concerning that passengers transiting through to places like Australia could potentially be subjected to such in-humane treatment. Hopefully the Australian government will put maximum pressure on the Qataris.
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Old Oct 26, 20, 1:09 am
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Unfortunately I know one of the women on the flight and sadly what was quoted in the press is was very much true. She questioned their intentions and why she had to be searched in such a way and was told in no uncertain terms that 'she had to have the search'. They were intimidated, not communicated to and hugely upset.

It is abhorrent that Qatar Airways allowed this to happen and very concerning that passengers transiting through to places like Australia could potentially be subjected to such in-humane treatment. Hopefully the Australian government will put maximum pressure on the Qataris.
If true, Australia (and NZ and every other country to which QR flies) should withdraw landing rights. Let's see how they like them apples.

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Old Oct 26, 20, 1:47 am
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Iím not condoning the way the searches were conducted but failing to report a birth is massively serious, especially if the infant subsequently died. I can imagine that, after such a traumatic event so far from home, the woman just wanted to get home but there are so many complications that could have occurred post-delivery. I hope she is safe and well.
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Old Oct 26, 20, 2:39 am
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Iím not condoning the way the searches were conducted but failing to report a birth is massively serious, especially if the infant subsequently died. I can imagine that, after such a traumatic event so far from home, the woman just wanted to get home but there are so many complications that could have occurred post-delivery. I hope she is safe and well.
This is a traumatic event for whomever it happened, and there is risk for that person. But it's a pretty far reach to get from there to requiring these kinds of examinations of multiple women on the aircraft (and possibly multiple aircraft).

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Old Oct 26, 20, 2:55 am
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Unfortunately I know one of the women on the flight and sadly what was quoted in the press is was very much true.
When did the incident take place?
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Old Oct 26, 20, 3:19 am
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2nd October according to the Guardian.
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Old Oct 26, 20, 3:29 am
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Originally Posted by IAN-UK View Post
When did the incident take place?
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...740Z/OTHH/YSSY

This is the flight in question.
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Old Oct 26, 20, 3:54 am
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Originally Posted by mr_botak View Post
2nd October according to the Guardian.
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Speedy responses thanks!


I looked up the Guardian report. It is more detailed, and seems more accurate in terms of numbers and logistics, than the ABC story.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-search-ordeal

I'm guessing departures from DOH are limited in number, but it would be odd if passengers on other flights in the same time frame were not targeted.
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Originally Posted by ph-ndr View Post
This is a traumatic event for whomever it happened, and there is risk for that person. But it's a pretty far reach to get from there to requiring these kinds of examinations of multiple women on the aircraft (and possibly multiple aircraft).

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100% agree. This was pretty much the worst way possible to handle it.
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Old Oct 26, 20, 6:24 am
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Old Oct 26, 20, 7:30 am
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New York Times story. This is horrific and revolting.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/26/w...e=articleShare
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Old Oct 26, 20, 7:47 am
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Reading the Guardian article, the airline later knew what happened, but apparently in the NYT article they later denied the occurrence? Adding insult to injury by trying to cover it up. Disgusting.
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Old Oct 26, 20, 7:59 am
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This is truly disturbing. I am assuming the newborn was found in the gate loo as it seems they isolated questioning to the SYD flight? not totally clear. Also, I am wondering what the authorities would do if this happened in, shall we say a more "liberal" country, assuming you could identify the flight which the passenger is on? I am also wondering if they ever found the actual mother? So many questions
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