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30th Oct 2022

Woman says she was detained at airport for being ‘too pretty’

Tobi Akingbade

A woman and her friend said officials ‘laughed’ at explicit photos of other women

An Australian woman claimed she – and her friend – were detained at LAX airport by US Customs because of their good looks, saying they were held for about five hours before being finally being released.

Mikaela Testa, who has 2.2 million followers on TikTok (@mikaelatesta), recently shared a video explaining what happened to her at the Airport, alleging officials had suspected them of being sex workers.

Joined by her friend Trinity, she explained: “Okay, so we got to the LAX airport. I made sure I looked really, really ratchet and bad because I know that the US Customs are really strict.

“Trinity, with her beautiful eyelash extensions and big, fat juicy lips, pulls up looking hot to the US Customs and I knew. I knew but I didn’t say anything.

“The US Customs guy goes, ‘is this your first time in LA?’

“She’s like, ‘yeah’. ‘Do you have a return flight?’ ‘No’.”

@mikaelatesta Replying to @KJ ♬ original sound – Mikaela Testa

Mikaela said the customs official ‘sent her straight to the detained area’, adding: “I know for a fact that he thought she was a prostitute or an escort looking to work in the US because they love detaining Australian girls and accusing them of that until they tell the truth.”

She added: “They go through your entire camera roll, all of your messages, and they make a decision whether they’re going to send your a**e home or not.”

Mikaela said officials also detained other women that knew her from Australia, who she claims ‘were strippers’.

“They were going through their phones and there were just a bunch of explicit photos,” she said.

“And they were just cracking up. So unprofessional. They were literally all laughing, looking at these girls’ phones.

“I was terrified if they’d have touched my phone. Luckily they did not.

“And you’re not allowed to touch your phone at all. If you get caught touching your phone, you’re basically dead. Good luck, they’ll send you to jail.”

She concluded: “They finally let us out at the end. We were literally the last people out of the detained room because the guys just wanted to keep us around for longer.

“I think they wanted to keep us around for longer.”

A spokesperson for US Customers and Border Protection told the press in a statement: “Due to privacy law restrictions we can’t comment on individual cases.

“It is absolutely false and misleading that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will determine a traveler admissibility based on their looks or physical appearance. Travelers must demonstrate they are bona-fine visitors into the Unites States.

“CBP officers determine a traveler admissibility based of all factors presented during the inspection process.”

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