Monday, May 26, 2008
The House of Delegates of the Republic of Palau adopted a resolution expressing its disapproval of how the President and first lady of Palau were treated by Continental Micronesia Airlines and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). President Remengesau and First Lady Debbie Remengesau were in the Philippines in April for an official state visit. They were refused boarding on a Continental Airlines flight to return to the Republic of Palau for refusing to submit to frisking. The president and his wife returned to their hotel, and then later returned to Palau by a private jet provided by the Philippine government. According to the Marianas Variety, the resolution adopted by the Palauan legislature said that there should have been more respect shown to Palau's president.
P.S. I served as Court Counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau in 1994-95, during the year that Palau became an independent country. It was previously a strategic trust territory of the United Nations, administered by the United States. The photo to the left, from the Palau government's official website, is of a traditional "bai" (meeting house).