The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it mailed letters of complaint on Monday to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights office, and was awaiting their responses. The TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
-The woman wore a full-length dress and an Islamic head scarf when she was stopped and pulled out of line on June 2 for a “pat-down” search at an airport security checkpoint, the council said in a statement sent to news organizations.
She agreed to undergo the search in a private room, where she was taken by three female TSA employees, the council said. The traveler alleged that she was forced to lift her dress to expose her entire body and that one of the TSA employees searched under the woman’s undergarment with her hand.
The woman alleged that she was also ordered to lift her legs for examination with a security wand, even though she told the TSA she was physically unable to comply because of her disability from a car accident.
She was released after 70 minutes to complete her trip to New York, she said.
Karen Dabdoub, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Cincinnati region, said she asked the TSA to investigate and to review its screening policies for any discriminatory impact on Muslims. She also requested that the TSA apologize and offer the woman compensation.