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Disabled actor given full body search at airport after scanner confused by ‘lack of arms’

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A disabled actor and activist says she was given a full physique search at Manchester Airport after the safety scanner was “thrown” by her “lack of arms”.

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Melissa Johns, who has beforehand starred in Coronation Avenue, was born with no proper forearm – a undeniable fact that she says confused the airport equipment.

“Needed to have a full physique search at Manchester Airport. Machine couldn’t detect my physique as I don’t have 4 full limbs,” she tweeted following the expertise.

“It was thrown by my lack of arms so went off on one.

“Discriminated towards by a robotic… What a time to be alive.”

Nonetheless, she praised airport workers, writing: “Manchester airport workers are the most effective.”

“The lights had been flashing purple and so they mentioned you’ll have to do a full physique search,” Ms Johns, who beforehand performed Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Avenue, advised the Manchester Night Information.

“Even at this level I did not realise. I mentioned, ‘Is it my earrings or my necklace?’

“She was so well mannered. She mentioned, ‘I believe it does not fairly choose up your physique,’ after which I realised and I used to be in a position to end off the sentence for her.”

Though the performer took the incident in her stride, she added that she “would additionally prefer to dwell in a world the place, after we are planning these machines, voices with totally different lived experiences are concerned.”

She added: “Life is already very troublesome when you could have a incapacity. We already undergo life being reminded every single day that we’re totally different.”

An airport spokesperson mentioned: “We’re sorry to listen to Ms Johns was not completely happy together with her expertise when passing although safety at Manchester however are happy to notice her constructive feedback concerning the conduct of our crew member.

“All gear used at Manchester is licensed to be used by the DfT, and our officers are obliged to comply with particular directions when utilizing safety scanners.

“This consists of what to do when they’re set off and additional checks are required.

“We can not touch upon the explanations for scanners being set off, all of that are past our management, however will guarantee this suggestions is handed on to the related authorities.”

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