A woman was forced to take a pregnancy test before she was allowed to board a flight to the US. Midori Nishida, a 25-year-old from Japan, was flying from Hong Kong to the Pacific island of Saipan with Hong Kong Express Airways when the unusual request was made.
After telling crew she was not pregnant, Ms Nishida was taken to the toilet by Hong Kong Express staff, who made her urinate onto a strip test before they would let her on the plane.
The result was negative and Ms Nishida was subsequently allowed to board, but she told the Wall Street Journal that the experience was “very humiliating and frustrating”. The airline reportedly said the test was required to ensure “US immigration laws were not being undermined“.