Was stopped from boarding plane until I proved I was woman: Russian powerlifter
Russian powerlifter Anna Turaeva was recently stopped from flying with Russian airline Utair until she proved that she was a woman.
Anna said she was barred from a Utair flight because the security staff did not believe she was a woman.
"At the checkpoint, they refused to let me pass through saying that it was written in my passport that I am a woman. It was humiliating. I was reprimanded like a child in front of people in the queue. [I was asked] intimate questions. [They were] interested in who I am in my life - and in bed," Anna said.
The 42-year-old said she was being watched by a queue of people behind her but maintained her cool and did not react with rudeness at the shocking request of the staff.
After a lot of explaining, she was allowed to board the plane.
"I did everything that depends on me for them to believe in my nature. Then a miracle happened, I was allowed to board the plane," she said.
Following the shocking incident, Utair offered an apology to Anna, and wrote to her that such service is 'unacceptable'.
"We apologise for the negative emotions you experienced. Such service is unacceptable. We will definitely check the actions of the airport employees who worked on your flight, and we will sort out the situation," the airline wrote.