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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Airport worker suspended for security screening of Julie Bishop
A MELBOURNE Airport worker has been reprimanded after reportedly singling out Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for a security screening.
Melbourne Airport has confirmed a female security worker was suspended and then reinstated, amid reports she conducted a security screening of Ms Bishop in September.
An airport spokeswoman said the worker was suspended from duties “as a result of not adhering to standard security screening procedures.”
“The female worker has now returned to duties following additional process and customer service training,” she said.
The security worker, employed by contractor ISS, is believed to have singled out Ms Bishop for screening after a colleague told her who the Foreign Minister was, according to reports.
It’s understood this is not usual protocol, with security staff required to select travellers to screen at random.
News Corp has attempted to contact contractor ISS.
A spokesman for Ms Bishop said the reprimand wasn’t the result of a complaint by the Foreign Minister or her staff.
“The Foreign Minister passes through hundreds of airport security checkpoints each year and is more than happy to be treated on the same basis as other travellers,” she said.
“Neither the Minister nor anyone from her office has made any official complaint regarding her transit through Melbourne Airport at any time.”
Ms Bishop was reportedly on her way to a United Nations summit in New York.
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