I was assaulted by security apes at the Antalya airport. I tried to make a complaint there but was told they didn't care - I should just go home and forget about it or I would miss my flight. A direct threat. I was surrounded by 8 thugs at one point. This was about my wristwatch, of all things. My wristwatch is not a bomb.
I am 63 years old and I don't think I look like a "terrorist". I am Italian-American. I have never, in all my years of travel, had an incident where some idiot physically manhandled me.
It makes me think that no matter how nice Antalya is I should NEVER return.
Security people at Antalya do not understand their job. They are incompetent and overly aggressive without making people safer.
I was returning to Kyiv so I had on my winter coat. I placed it in a bin and emptied my pockets. I stepped to the screening machine and waited for permission to step through. I was waved through, but then they said I had to remove my watch. It is a thin little Swiss watch and has never set off the screening machine anywhere in more than 100 security screenings the last few years. I have worn it through security in Denver (where I live) Chicago, New York, San Francisco (I was there for the America's Cup in September), Zurich (my daughter lives there), Munich, Frankfort, Dusseldorf, Rome, Kyiv, etc etc. I travel 2 months or more every year and no-one has ever had a problem with my wristwatch.
I was manhandled - grabbed roughly by both upper arms and forced to the side. If there had been a wall I am sure I would have been thrown against it. I was kept from moving by 2 hooligans in my face who threatened me with more physical brutality. They were screaming at me and pointing at my wristwatch. They tried to remove it from my arm. I was forced to step back to get away from the pawing of these two barbarians. I took the watch off and walked away and around and went back to the line and asked for my things that had already gone through the machine. They brought the tub back and I placed my watch in there with my coat and it was sent through, again, and this time I was waved through - but was being "scolded" the whole time by 3 of these idiots.
My coat had an open liter of iced tea in the pocket (big pockets meant for gloves, hat, scarf, etc.). Nobody said anything about the brown liquid. Funny, huh ? Went right through - TWICE !!! The tea could have been benzine, napalm or God knows what - I had forgotten it was in my coat pocket until I picked it up from the bin and realized the weight. They completely missed a potential danger in favor of assaulting and harassing a senior citizen over his wristwatch. COMPLETE INCOMPETENCE.
I went to find the security office and a supervisor. No-one would help me. They thought it was funny. I saw someone in an office on the other side of passport control so I went over there. I was immediately surrounded by 8 more hooligans who threatened to detain me until I missed my flight. I insisted I wanted to make a complaint. They got someone on the phone and told me it was a supervisor. At least they could speak English but, for all I know, it was one of their cousins. He told me to just forget about it and go home. Otherwise I would have to go back out through security and take a taxi 2km to a police station to make a complaint. I replied that my flight would be boarding soon and that it was impractical to do as he said. He laughed and asked if I wanted to miss my flight. Another threat.
After the incident another passenger, a German woman who had seen what happened to me, told me she had been assaulted last year (the security man touched her breasts) and she tried to make a complaint. They detained her and she missed her flight. She had to pay EU 400 for a new flight plus a hotel until the next day. Horrible, yes ? She had written out a complaint and then they told her she must pay EU 100 to have it translated to Turkish. When she wouldn't pay, they tore up her complaint and threw it in the garbage.
Do you really want to spend your money in Turkey ?