Strip Search

Strip Searching

A strip search is a practice of searching a person for weapons or other contraband suspected of being hidden on their body or inside their clothing, and not found by performing a frisk search, by requiring the person to remove some or all of his or her clothing. The search may involve an official performing an Intimate Person Search and inspecting their personal effects and body cavities (mouth, vagina, anus etc.).

A strip search is more intrusive than a frisk and requires legal authority

Regulations covering strip searches vary considerably, and may be mandatory in some situations or discretionary in others

Partial strip searches

Partial strip searches are common at airports, for airport security, which often consists of:

  • removal of shoes
  • removal of coat and jacket
  • removal of belt;
  • untucking of shirt.

If there is reason to suspect hidden objects, the person is then taken to a private room, which consists of:

  • removal of shirt
  • removal of trousers
  • removal of underwear (boxers/briefs for men; bra/panties for women)
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