The Australian Services Union is outraged by the treatment of passengers, including Australian citizens prior to boarding a flight from Doha to Sydney.
Thirteen Australian women were strip searched and subjected to invasive physical examinations without their consent.
ASU Assistant National Secretary Emeline Gaske said the treatment of women passengers was completely unacceptable.
“There is absolutely no justification for the manner in which these women were treated,” Ms Gaske said.
“In subjecting these women to unnecessary invasive physical examinations, without their consent, Qatari authorities have acted in an entirely inappropriate manner and those responsible must be held to account.”
ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch Secretary Matt Norrey implored the Federal Government to ensure steps were taken so that this could never happen again.
“As one of Australia’s largest airline unions, we call on Qatari authorities to offer a complete apology to these women and to provide full assurances that this type of incident will not be repeated.
“The Australian Services Union fully support calls for a thorough and independent investigation of this matter to provide justice to the women involved.”