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Ashley Judd calls out airport worker for ‘everyday sexism’

Airport security is usually an already unpleasant experience, but do female flyers have it worse than their male counterparts? If a recent experience and subsequent rant by actress Ashley Judd is anything to go by, like everyday, they do.


In a Facebook Live video, Judd explained how an airport security worker called her “sweetheart”, complimented her dress and eventually touched her, in behaviour she labelled  “everyday sexism”.



"I said, 'I'm not your sweetheart, I am your client,' so I was already setting a boundary," Judd said.


"Guess what happened next … he touched me. I didn't see him touch anybody else, and I turned around and said 'that was unnecessary.' … My skin is burning, my feet are burning, it's so hard to continue to set these boundaries when someone continues to to push. Then for good measure he just said one more time, 'have a good day sweetheart!' "


"It's so easy to let it go, not to speak up, particularly when it's so easy for someone to push back and say 'Oh I was just being polite,' "


The manager of the airport, which wasn’t identified, later apologised for the incident, Judd reported in a later Facebook post.


"I’m very happy to report that the manager with whom I spoke immediately apologized," the 49-year-old said.


"He had a very long conversation with the employee, and assured me that the training … uniformly is to call people sir and madam, and that touching someone is totally inappropriate."   


Judd’s video received mixed responses on social media, with some praising her stance and others calling her post an overreaction.


Watch the full video here:


Have you ever experienced, or witnessed, inappropriate behaviour – sexist or otherwise – by airport staff?


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 11 August 2017

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