A local Muslim advocacy group is putting air travelers on notice about a new airport screening policy.
The Transportation Security Administration is subjecting anyone wearing a head covering to the possibility of a search of the hat, turban, or head scarf.
“We are advising that Muslims and Sikhs who are wearing head scarves or turbans should go to the security areas maybe 15 to 20 minutes early, expecting the delayed time of going through security so they don’t miss their flights,” said Dawud Walid, who heads the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Michigan.
The New York-based Sikh Coalition says the new rule makes a precious article of faith part of the government’s profile of a person who poses a terrorist threat.
The TSA says the rule is aimed at all headwear, and that the agency does not conduct ethic or religious profiling.