Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico has criticised airport security staff for singling her out for a body scan, alleging she was selected because they thought she was "attractive."
The actress and former Playboy model was flying from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her boyfriend Roy J. Bank and her 17-year-old son Rhyan.
D’Errico was pulled aside by workers who told her she would have to go through the controversial scanner, which displays the contours of passengers’ bodies.
The blonde beauty claims she felt “overexposed” and is adamant staff could have picked anyone from the crowd, but chose her because of her looks.
She tells AOL News, “It is my personal belief that they pulled me aside because they thought I was attractive... My boyfriend sailed through with no problems, which is rather ironic in that he fits the stereotypical ’look’ of a terrorist when his beard has grown a bit.
“After the search, I noticed that the male agent who had pulled me out of line was smiling and whispering with two other agents and glancing at me. I was outraged.
“This could, and I’m sure does, happen to other women. It isn’t right to hide behind the veil of security and safety in order to take advantage of women, or even men for that matter, so that you can see them naked. It’s a misuse of power and authority, and as much a personal violation as a Peeping Tom. The difference is that Peeping Toms can have charges pressed against them.”
A spokesperson for airport security has denied there was any improper behaviour from employees.