Muslim Women Not Allowed to Fly After Refusing Body Scan

Posted on March 4, 2010

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From the Times Online:

A Muslim woman was barred from boarding a flight after she refused to undergo a full body scan for religious reasons.

The passenger was passing through security at Manchester Airport when she was selected at random for a full-body scanner.

She was warned that she would be stopped from boarding the plane but she decided to forfeit her ticket to Pakistan rather than submit to the scan. Her female travelling companion also declined to step into the scanner, citing “medical reasons” for her refusal.

It’s reassuring to see the new security policies being followed.  Personally, I’m glad the women were not allowed to board. 

Regardless of what “civil liberties” people think may be violated by these scanners, commercial flying remains a privilege, not a right.  If a person is going to be allowed on to a plane with hundreds of other people, steps have to be taken by the airline to try and guarantee, as much as possible, the safety of all the passengers.  That is the price we pay for living in a world where suicide bombers try to blow up planes with explosives stuffed in their underwear.