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CAIR-MA Files Complaint Against TSA for Sexual Abuse of Muslim Woman at Boston’s Logan Airport

(BOSTON, MA, 9/12/18) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today filed a complaint against the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on behalf of a 54-year old Muslim woman who endured a search at Boston’s Logan Airport that bordered on a sexual assault.  Like many victims of sexual abuse, the woman, a married professional and mother of three, has asked not to be identified in media accounts. 

“It is appalling that a Muslim woman traveling to visit her son over Mother’s Day weekend would be sexually abused by airport security,” said CAIR-MA Civil Rights Director, Barbara J. Dougan. “TSA agents seemed determined to find a security threat in a Muslim woman’s belongings or on her body. When they couldn’t, they settled for degrading her. We demand an immediate investigation into the actions of the TSA agent who rammed equipment up into our client’s crotch.  TSA’s job is to ensure passengers’ safety, not to assault them.” 

This complaint follows on the heels of a complaint filed by another Muslim woman who, among other indignities, was forced by TSA agents in Boston to show them the sutures in her abdomen from a recent surgery as well as the menstrual pad she was wearing. 

SEE:  Zainab Merchant administrative complaint

Last month, CAIR filed a broad constitutional challenge to the federal government’s watchlisting system, including the TSA’s Quiet Skies program, first exposed by the Boston Globe. 

SEE:  CAIR Files Broad Challenge to Watchlisting System

SEE:  Welcome to the Quiet Skies

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara J. Dougan, 781-281-9992,

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