Letter: Search me

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I have been body-searched at many international airports. Unlike Diana Ross (report, 23 September), I have never felt any desire to object. I wear, of necessity, a steel reinforced corset and set all alarm bells ringing. Male officers ask for a female colleague to frisk me. They do this thoroughly and courteously, because I might use the apparent cause of the alarm as a cover for a knife in my bra!

The only times I have felt affronted were when a US male officer shouted at me: "Take it off", and when a Hungarian male officer panicked and had no female colleague to call upon and we had language problems.

It is a naughty world and I am grateful for the evidence of thorough security.