Brisbane Airport Defends Headgear Search

February 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Age/AAP

Brisbane Airport has defended the action of security officers when they demanded 13 Sikh community members remove their turbans and a woman take off her face veil.

The search on Saturday caused a bottleneck at a security checkpoint and delayed at least one international flight, The Courier-Mail newspaper reported.

Brisbane Airport spokesman Jim Carden said it was not unusual for security officers to direct people to remove headgear.

"Those regulations have been in place about 12 years," Mr Carden told AAP.