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Christine McCann has filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority after her daughter was subjected to a humiliating and public full body pat down at the Sudbury airport when it could have been done in a private room.
On Sunday, McCann and her 15-year-old daughter, Carley Finn, were heading home to Pickering after a weekend visit with McCann's father who is dying of lung cancer in a Sudbury hospital.
A CATSA security guard decided to randomly pick Finn for a search that included breasts and inner thighs.
"I asked if it could be done in a private room to lessen the embarrassment and the security guard told me there were no such facilities," McCann said.
The Greater Sudbury Airport has a private room for such pat downs, said spokesman Terra Glabb.
"The security is contracted out (by CATSA). We do have a private room. I don't know what went down," Glabb said.
McCann said Wednesday she was "extremely pissed" when she found out Wednesday that there was a private room that could have been used for the search.
"I just went online and filed a formal complaint with CATSA. Why not just use the private room if they had one. Knuckle heads. Hats off to our wonderful government," McCann said.
"It humiliated her to have everyone watching. My daughter is very shy and she was so embarrassed she will never fly again."
McCann says she feels she let her daughter down watching her being violated.