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American Airlines searched Grenadian Prime Minister and defends it

American Airlines has defended its decision to search Prime Minister Tillman Thomas before he boarded one of its airlines at the Maurice Bishop International Airport last month.

In a brief statement issued yesterday, the airline said it always follows prescribed security screening procedures established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration.

The statement said the procedures are uniform and the screening of the Prime Minister was conducted in full consultation with the Government of Grenada’s Protocol Officer and with the utmost respect in a private area of the airport away from the public.

American Airlines further says the private screening procedure is frequently used for Heads of States travelling on American Airlines.

Prime Minister Thomas told the Caribbean Media Corporation earlier this week that he had no problems with the search which occurred at the Airport’s VIP lounge last month.

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Comment by kcrunchone on January 30, 2011 at 5:13pm

Even using another scenario.

I kidnap a child or  a person  of interest that I know will not be searched. Threaten death if instructions are not carried out as explained.

I then give him the explosive device.

He boards without search!!

Passengers DIE !!!

I think I am ready for the search and will never complain ever. I want to make it to my destination safe and sound and dont give a damn who you are, get yo butt in line and get searched. He had the right attitude.

Comment by kcrunchone on January 30, 2011 at 5:08pm

You have to look at it this way, Some one of a higher viewing profile may have been recognized more readily than this gentleman. In fact he looks a bit like my Uncle, the rep would not know until the person credentials are checked if thy indicate his official capacity, and to be honest if I were boarding a flight I would prefer all passengers were put through the same search as myself. I dont give anyone an exception to this one, you never know the mental state or beliefs of a person these days remember there are home bred terrorist as well.


They were only doing the job set at hand for them. The results of not doing there job is the possibility that an entire flight of innocent people die to respect or by pass the so called rights of a dignitary. That is not right, the guy that had the bomb in his crotch was the son of a prominent judge. S#**T happens and the only way to stop a threat is to check everyone no exceptions. Even he did not mind because they only did the job given and no abuse or disrespect was shown. If you board a plane be ready to be subjected to these things or just stay HOME.

Comment by Dellareese Smith-Styles on January 30, 2011 at 5:04pm
Listen, if it was you or I we would have to be searched before we we allowed to board the plane, so why should he be any different from the rest of us? Just because he's the Prime Minister, makes him exempt, and if he wanted to be then he should have used a private charter, not fly commercial like the rest of us that do it daily.....
Comment by Tyrone davis on January 30, 2011 at 4:37pm
These people think because we are small Islands that we can be easily disrespected. No European leader would have been treated that way
Comment by Tyrone davis on January 30, 2011 at 4:36pm
I know Kcr but I know if somehow he was there that wouldnt happen
Comment by kcrunchone on January 30, 2011 at 4:05pm
lol @ tyrone davis
He would not be on a commercial flight as long as he is Pres.
Comment by Tyrone davis on January 30, 2011 at 3:44pm
Wonder if they would search The President of the USA if he travelled with them
Comment by kcrunchone on January 30, 2011 at 2:45pm
Even he had no complaints
Comment by caribbeanrose on January 30, 2011 at 2:32pm
so what!!!!!!
Comment by kcrunchone on January 30, 2011 at 2:01pm
SO WHAT. IF they can search me they can search his ass too. PERIOD

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