Mom outraged over pat-down investigation

Toronto Sun

The mother of a young girl who had a full body search in public view at the Sudbury airport has accused investigators of sweeping the matter under the rug.

Christine McCann and her 15-year-old daughter, Carly Finn, last month were heading home to Pickering after a weekend visit with McCann’s father, who is dying of lung cancer in a Sudbury hospital.

McCann was so angry about the “humiliating” full body search she filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

CATSA determined there was no wrongdoing by airport security personnel who conducted the pat-down.

“I am so angry that my blood is boiling right now,” said McCann, who added there were six points of investigation and one was deemed inconclusive.

“The inconclusive point being, that I asked for a private room for the pat-down,” she added.

Airport security personnel said the girl was asked if she wanted the pat-down done in private, according to McCann.

To the contrary, McCann has maintained she asked for a private pat-down but was told there were no such facilities at the airport.

CATSA reviewed video tapes of the incident and didn’t believe there were problems.

The CATSA investigation looked into whether the search was random, whether the search was standard, whether there was evidence the officer was rude and if there was any visible stress after the pat-down.

“My daughter was holding in her feelings and her tears because the whole airport was staring at her,” said McCann. “I wish they had the footage of when we sat down and she was explaining to me how she felt.

“Wow, I never thought that this would be the result,” she added. “Is it such a big deal to say, ‘I’m sorry.’”

A CATSA spokesman could not be reached for comment.

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