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Women Asked to Remove Headscarves at Some French Airports

Women Asked to Remove Headscarves at Some French Airports

Some French airports have begun to ask headscarf-wearing women to take off their scarves for security reasons, which has spurred criticism from Muslims in the country, who find the practice a discriminatory one.

The Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) has announced that Nantes Atlantique Airport has made it obligatory for headscarf-wearing women to take off their scarves and place them in the X-ray machine along with their other belongings.

The practice was put into effect two weeks ago by the SGA, the company responsible for Nantes Atlantique Airport’s security. Women affected by the new rules requested that they be allowed to take off their headscarves in a special room staffed only by women, but the request was denied. The women were told that they must place their headscarves on the conveyor going through the X-ray machine if they wanted to avoid missing their plane.

The SGA defended their actions, claiming that dangerous materials could be hidden under the headscarves, which has triggered outrage in France’s Muslim community.

According to EU airport security regulations, security staff do not have the authority to ask women to take their headscarves off.

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  1. you know what’s even easier to hide dangerous materials in? your pants. I don’t see them asking people to drop their drawers in security lines. Perhaps they should be forced to life their dresses up too

  2. the french must really hate muslims maybe cuz they kicked them out of algeria and morocco

  3. “outrage in France’s Muslim community”

    again?

  4. @Jane, Yeah…similar to the outrage in the African American community during the civil rights era. When you get discriminated against, people tend to get ‘all uppity and stuff’.

  5. Are they being discriminated against? Presumably everybody has to remove their headwear

  6. Would they ask nuns to take off their headscarf?!

  7. “Would they ask nuns to take off their headscarf?”

    I assume so

  8. The question of whether nuns would be asked to do the same thing is key to me, if yes, then maybe their sincere in believing they are averting a security risk. Although, I don’t see why they insist on not allowing this to be done in a private area…

    Would they also insist patients undergoing chemotherapy do the same? Jewish men (I guess this is a smaller head covering, but where do you draw the line size-wise)?

  9. Jane,
    The 20 something terrorists who hijacked 4 planes on 9/11 were dressed in Western clothing. The thing ppl should find most interesting is why their passports were able to get through security when they were invalid. They didn’t wear scarves, hmm how did they manage to get weapons on to the plane to take over in the first place? The US security worked fine for years even b4 9/11, but no one bothers to look at the multiple failures of security.
    As for this article, it is discrimination, plain and simple. If you do this for airports you will eventually have to do it for all transport vehicles. Like mentioned by others, people would hide weapons in other places, like their ass. Perhaps we should have a colonoscopy for everyone? It is unnecessary discrimination.

  10. “f you do this for airports you will eventually have to do it for all transport vehicles”

    Don’t be so ridiculous.

  11. Always amusing when an entity that proudly and loudly curses everyone else is surprised that it attracts the enmity of everyone else.

  12. m bennet,

    “hmm how did they manage to get weapons on to the plane to take over in the first place?” well box cutters where not considered as weapons until 9/11. also up until then hyjackers only diverted planes and held the passengers hostage. well they killed some of them. see muslim behavior throughout the 70s and 80s.

    “The US security worked fine for years even b4 9/11, but no one bothers to look at the multiple failures of security.” what failures. so if you don’t want to search under women’s headscarfs, would you consider it a failure if a woman brings a bomb on a plane under her headscaf? you make no sense dude?

    siyaj k’ak,

    i’m with you. we should all fly nude. it would make the security lines move much faster. hey i reposted your comment on there being nothing inherently wrong with marrying children. check it out. you don’t seem to remember what it is you say.

  13. not to be a 15 year old. lol.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_hijackings

    btw, the real perpetrators of 9/11 only claim there to be 19 “muslim terroist” on 9/11. maybe the 1 and 9 mean something?????????????

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