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A 36-year-old woman stripped naked at LF Wade International Airport after she was informed that Customs officers wanted to search her, Magistrates’ Court heard.

Loukai Phillips, who was in a public area in the airport’s Customs hall at the time, today pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in a public place.

Her lawyer Charles Richardson said the former Bermuda resident “took her clothes off out of frustration”. He described the move as “an impetuous decision”.

Mr Richardson said that because of a past association, his client had been strip-searched every time she came through Customs.

Crown counsel Auralee Cassidy said Phillips removed all her clothes at the secondary Customs checkpoint at around 7.30pm on August 19, after arriving from London.

Phillips, a Bermudian who returned to the Island to close down her bank account, told airport police: “I would never do it again, I’m just tired of being searched.”

The Crown asked for a fine, pointing out that children had been present and Phillips had repeatedly used bad language while removing her clothes.

The court heard that Phillips said to officers: “If you want to see me naked, you can do it right f***ing here.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner told her: “The Bermuda Customs have got a job to do, and one of those is to search you in accordance with the law.”

Phillips apologised to the court, and Mr Warner gave her a 12-month conditional discharge.

“If you don’t want to be searched, don’t come through Customs,” he told her.

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Comment by Jo Wheeler on August 23, 2011 at 3:44pm
My hero!!! I've felt like that many a time. I'm sure it wasn't so much the search that irritated her, but the way the customs people spoke to and treated her. Im so tired of this TSA crap. They say its for safety but the people doing the job do not treat travelers with and basic human respect. Instead its guilty til proven innocent and shuffle along like cattle. Anybody who travels often would agree.
Comment by Baku on August 23, 2011 at 3:39pm
Silk you a Burmy? Um um Ummmmm Burmy's taste like Chocolate
Comment by Chocolate¤Silk on August 23, 2011 at 3:18pm
Being a "Bermudian" myself I agree with the Judge. Let them do their jobs. Its unfortunate she was searched continuously, it sounds like someone has it out for her. But yet a young man was leaving a cruise ship in Bermuda reacts similar and his parents say he has a paranoid condition... Bottom line people becareful who u talk to and who u chose as friends/associates. Sad but that's how it is... And bermuda isn't the only island/Country that does it, so don't be deterred from visiting!!!
Comment by Tes B on August 23, 2011 at 2:37pm

this is are that seaching leads to.. there should be a nude protest at the airport because of all the stuff they put people thur in the name of so called security.. seriously.. make u don't want to fly.. hell!


Comment by SAMMI BAMMI on August 23, 2011 at 1:13pm
I guess she thought it would be easier for them to do their jobs!!! HAHAHA

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