A group of five Australian women is suing Qatar Airways for conducting invasive gynecological examinations on them while they were passengers in an incident that occurred at Doha's International airport in 2020.
Qatar Airways Vice President Matt Raos told an Australian Senate inquiry that the incident happened after a newborn baby was found abandoned in a Hamad International Airport, and they were looking for the mother.
Some genius thought the best way to identify the baby's mother was to look for a woman who had signs of recently giving birth.
The five Australian women, whose names are suppressed by a court gag order, say they were taken off the flight to Sydney at Doha at gunpoint by guards and were searched without consent.
"We've had nothing like it previously in our history and we're completely committed to ensuring nothing like this ever happens again," Raos told the committee.
Qatar Airways made no response to the outraged women on the flight and offered no apology, but they said they would abide by the Australian court's decision.
I'm sure that has nothing to do with Australian Transport Minister Catherine King refusing additional flights to Australia from Qatar because of the incident.
Raos said that Qatar was "surprised and shocked" by Australia's rejection of additional services.
Qatar thinks Australia is totally blowing this whole sexual assault thing out of proportion and just trying to prop up its own airlines.
It's a different world in some of these countries.
Careful out there.
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