TSA Scanners, Pat-Downs Particularly Vexing for Muslims, Other Religious Groups

December 23, 2010

Author: Tara Bahrampour

Source: The Washington Post


As Erum Ikramullah prepared to head to Reagan National Airport on Thursday for a flight, she mulled over two distasteful choices: the body scanner or the pat-down?


Ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a trip to the airport has been fraught for Muslims, who sometimes feel they are being profiled as potential terrorists because of their religion. The addition of full-body scanners, which many say violate Islam's requirements of modesty, has increased the discomfort.