On being treated as a ‘dangerous foreigner’

“Every air traveler likely has done it: stand in an airport security line in your socks, pushing forward plastic bins of shoes, jackets, laptops and handbags, all with only 20 minutes left to board, even though you showed up two hours early as told.

“Think you have it tough? Try being a Muslim American. We Muslim Americans don’t get smiles and ‘Have a good trip.’ Instead, we get suspicious security guards and frowns. For Muslim American men, it’s their beards that make the difference. For us women, it’s our head scarves.”

Naureen Kamdar relates her experience as a Muslim woman at a US airport.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 20 February 2007