Getting through airport security is a bitch under the best of circumstances, but a gay traveler at London’s Gatwick airport was stopped by security because an officer suspected he “might be involved in pedophilia.” The agent’s proof? The man was HIV+, had a camera in his bag and was traveling with his boyfriend.
Someone call John Walsh!
“The passenger was stopped and asked routine questions about their trip. When the officer indicated they wished to search the baggage, the passenger requested that this be done in a more private place. This request and a further request on this issue were refused. The contents of the passenger’s bag were then openly displayed including photographic equipment.“The officer then commented to another officer that the passenger was HIV positive; the colleague then advised that the searching officer should use stronger hand gel. These comments were made within earshot of the passenger and indeed other passengers in the channel.
“When subsequently asked why this passenger had been stopped immediately after this interaction, the officer commented that the passenger ‘looked like he might be involved in paedophilia’ and then went on to say that ‘the presence of the camera and the fact he had a boyfriend confirmed this.’
Was the boyfriend 9 years old? Would a straight man with a lady friend and a camera be mistaken for Roman Polanski? Somehow we think not.