QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Mar 16 2012, 01:15 AM)
Surely the ill treatment comes in requiring the test in the first place, if that is illegal. If Katyjay's friend had submitted to the test like all the others did, she wouldn't have been denied a flight either.
If we all rolled over and did whatever we were told by various officials, regardless of whether their requests were legal or not, life would soon become unbearable for everybody. It is only through the actions of a thinking minority such as this lady that comparative freedom is maintained for the majority.
I think we have to accept that a lot of people are trying to enter Europe by illegal means, and that some form of control is therefore necessary. However, the problem, it seems to me, is that security personnel (including airline staff) are afraid to target those who they genuinely believe may be travelling on fake passports, or who may pose a security risk, because in doing so they would leave themselves wide open to claims of discrimination. The result is that people travelling legally are routinely subjected to unnecessary and inappropriate examination just to show that the system is working fairly.
I travel around Europe very regularly by air, and time after time I see the most unlikely people being subjected to unnecessary and inappropriate security checks simply because the security staff must be seen to treat everybody equally; which generally means treating everybody equally badly. This is especially the case here in the UK.
What frustrates me all the more is that whenever I return to the UK from the USA, British passport holders have to wait in a very long line with all other EU passport holders, who always seem to be subject to very close scrutiny. This is far from welcome at 5.00 am after an overnight flight! Meanwhile, 'all other passport holders' are waved through with little more than a cursory glance.