A pocket guide published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim,” states: “As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel.

“You have the right to complain about treatment that you believe is discriminatory,” it says.

That said, the Washington-based council is applauding yesterday’s announcement by the Transportation Security Administration that it has completed special training for 45,000 airport security personnel surrounding Islamic traditions related to hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The “cultural sensitivity training,” as one TSA official refers to it, enables officers to recognize items that pilgrims might be carrying, as well as Islamic prayers that might be overheard in airports and aboard aircraft.


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