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CAIR Welcomes TSA Policy Change on Islamic Scarf

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a policy change by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that would no longer mandate that Muslim women wearing religious head scarves go through secondary screening at airports.

To view the old policy, introduced August 4, go to: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1037.shtm&nbsp

Following discussions with community leaders of several faiths, including a representative of CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, TSA officials have accepted a proposed modification to the August 4 policy. According to the updated policy, Muslim women who wear a head cover that is attached to the contour of the head, with no space between the scarf and the head, should not be subjected to a secondary screening. That style of cover is worn by the majority of Muslim women who wear scarves.

A fact sheet outlining the policy modification will be distributed to airport security personnel nationwide.&quot

“We welcome this positive move by the TSA and hope that similar changes can be made to accommodate the religious attire of other faiths,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper said CAIR urges airline passengers of all faiths to educate themselves about their legal rights.

SEE: Know Your Legal Rights as an Airline Passenger (CAIR)

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

 

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