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This flight attendant had done nothing wrong, but customs agents still said, ‘We need you to pull down your pants’

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“And now,” said the Brazilian customs agent, “we need you to pull down your pants.” I stared at him, wide-eyed and disbelieving. “You need me to do what?” My eyes shifted to the other customs officer, hoping he would explain that this was just a cruel joke. Instead, his glare made my stomach churn. I had been hustled into a detention room at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil, where I was facing a traveler’s worst nightmare: a customs strip search. Here’s what happened: (www.airlineboarding.com) More...

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