A Muslim woman in hijab set off the alarm when passing through security at an Italian airport, and then cried discrimination when asked to remove her veil for further checks.
Muslim woman stopped at the airport for refusing to remove veil
A Muslim woman was stopped at the security control at Ciampino Airport because she refused to remove her veil. Personnel explained to the woman that the check was required by protocol, as shown on the video posted to Twitter by the traveler, who felt discriminated against by the request, which was not imposed upon two nuns. @aghiaadzkia.
In a letter from the Rome Airports explaining their position on the episode: “What happened to Ms. Aghnia Adzkia applies exclusively to the procedures of security. The passenger crossing the security checkpoint caused the alarm signal to go off in the head area, and it was therefore necessary to begin the non-waivable checks in this case. For this our agents asked her to come to a reserved room where the checks of her head and head covering could be done in a discreet manner, as is strictly required by European and national laws, whose aim is to guarantee security and civil co-existence.” And yet, “When Ms. Aghnia refused to remove her head covering, asking to read the regulation, she was shown the National Security Program, readily translated into English by our agents. In the face of a final refusal, our agents were forced to remove the passenger from the control zone. Ms. Aghnia subsequently returned to that area (and on that occasion turned on the video) and then left Ciampino Airport. And thus she departed Fiumicino Airport on another flight, passing through the security controls without incident and this time removing her head covering.
We are very sorry that the young passenger has seen had a negative experience at Ciampino Airport. At the same time, however, we affirm that what happened is completely removed from any type of discrimination.