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The scary deal of wearing hijab through airport security (video)

I have not written about the recent issues that occur when wearing a hijab and travelling as a Muslim woman., but trust me when I say I receive a ton of emails from girls who are scared of travelling because of what might happen during airport security. No, they have nothing to hide, but the thought of being intimidated is daunting and unless you have been stopped and questioned just because you wear a piece of cloth on your head, then you can’t understand that.

When I first became Muslim, I didn’t wear hijab (headscarf) and my airport trips where a breeze. There was nothing to identify me as a Muslim woman, for all they knew I was a white student going back home. However, this all changed when I started wearing hijab. I kid you not, I remember the first time I was stopped and pulled aside for “extra security” measures. I remember this because I called my best friend and told her. I was so shocked! 

I am telling you this to give you a context on the issues Muslim women face when they wear hijab, and not to complain or criticise. Now, though I am proud of my headscarf, I am still apprehensive when going through security as I wonder if I will be stopped and questioned just like last year. I have nothing to hide but I find this as an intimidating measure more than anything else.

Here is a video I did on going through the airport wearing a hijab and what you should know as a Muslim woman.



Elena is an international speaker and the brains behind MuslimTravelGirl.com a leading western travel blog for Muslim Millennials. She loves helping Muslim travellers explore the world in style without breaking the bank. Thrives on finding the best deals possible to the most desirable and Muslim friendly destinations.

2 Comments

  1. I have been wearing a Hijab for a longime now and have never been stopped at the airport for extra questioning. It is normal to scan like everyone else and then a girl would feel under my hijab quickly but sometimes even that does not happen let alone questioning. I feel it is an inner fear that causes such things, try being comfortable in surrounding and something are needed for security it is not big deal. We wear something that hides a part of our body and as a security measure it is ok to feel over it to make sure all is well. I was tired this one day and had a bad face on and the lady was scared to even check under my scarf and she never did, almost like she was intimidated by me. I am brown and the experience has been fine for me. I travel a lot and recently got a TSA approved.

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