Delta security flub prompts push for added sensitivity

SAN FRANCISCO: Airline security issues are creating opportunities for some companies to promote less mainstream causes.

SAN FRANCISCO: Airline security issues are creating opportunities for some companies to promote less mainstream causes.

The Center for Sex & Culture, together with adult retailer Good Vibrations, is using a recent lawsuit filed against Delta Airlines to advocate sensitivity training and education for airline personnel. A passenger is suing Delta for negligence, intentional infliction of distress, and gender discrimination. The woman's luggage allegedly set off a security alert at Dallas Ft. Worth airport as she was waiting for a flight to take off. After being taken off the airplane, she told Delta's security personnel that the item that prompted the alert was anadult toy she and her husband had purchased in Las Vegas. But the lawsuit claims that she was forced to take it out of her luggage in full view of her fellow passengers, and was ridiculed by Delta employees. The passenger's lawyer has said that his client should have been escorted to a private area for the search. Delta declined to comment on the pending litigation, but said in a statement that it has a responsibility to investigate any suspicious luggage. The Center for Sex & Culture and Good Vibrations are keen to prevent a similar problem from occurring for other travelers. The alliance is offering informational training to airline and airport personnel to help them recognize adult toys, and to exhibit appropriate conduct. The organizations are also promoting tips for travelers to ensure their privacy. "If a security person needs to check a bag, it should be done with sensitivity and discretion, said Dr. Robert Lawrence, cofounder of the Center. "If these businesses do not educate themselves and their employees, more incidents like this will occur, and more lawsuits will follow."

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