I too remember descending the stairs to the tarmac in Dubai, Bahrain etc to be met by armed security, being directed onto buses, and despatched to the terminal. I was never in any doubt that airside was some sort of special bubble not covered by local law, but that in fact local law would apply. The actions of the Qataris in this matter is to all Australians, and many citizens of other countries, a fundamental breach of human rights, but whether it breaks any laws is yet to be determined.In "olden times" when you landed in the Middle east and descended the stairs to the hot tarmac, you were usually met by gun toting security. I always assumed this meant you were on their soil, their rules. Now I'd expect the moment you exit the a/c doors into the air-bridge you are on their soil. So is taking someone off a plane for an inspection a transgression of another country's laws, the domicile of the plane?
But then what about the olden days again when an international flight landed in Australia to be met by the Quarantine people who'd board, then walk down the aisles spray cans blazing, who's sovereignty were they infringing if at all.
Just thinking loudly.