In case you think I was a little over the top in my criticism of TSA, did you know TSA personnel are exempt from the screening you and I are subject to when travel by air? Check out these few high-lighted cases in this YT clip if you think I’m out in left field here.
And it’s being said (though I cannot confirm it as yet) that Homeland Secuity head Janet Napolitano in her infinite wisdom is considering an exemption for Muslim women. That is simply too much to believe, but CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has made their recommendation:
“Muslims who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat-down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR offered a “special recommendation” for Muslim women who wear a hijab, telling them they should tell the TSA officer that they may be searched only around the head and neck.“
So I’m thinking I should wear a burqa on my next trip. It’ll save me having to pay for a blanket on board and make the security check in a little smoother too. A cursory look on Craigslist Hawaii was a dead end, but I found the traditional Afghan style burqa on both ebay and Amazon. Shop now and avoid the holiday rush!