In a major controversy in the airline industry of India, the airhostesses working with budget carrier SpiceJet have come out protesting the manner in which they were strip-searched at Chennai airport.
The airhostesses have alleged that they have been subjected to the strip-search to the extent that the women had even to remove their sanitary pads.
The searches ofcourse were on the suspicion that they were swindling cash collected from the sale of on board items, it is reported in certain sections of media.
The whole thing spiraled into a major controversy and the cabin crew agreed to resume work only after SpiceJet management assured them of resolving the issue.
However, the SpiceJet airline has issued a statement whereby it has denied that its personnel had strip-searched the cabin crew.
The airline is not refuting the searches but terms it to be routine procedure and following of all Standard Operating Procedures, also called as “random pat-down searches” in the industry.
The airline also insisted that women crew were searched by women personnel only.>