It’s true; when we flew to England this time I learned that my scarf is a security risk, though I’ll admit I don’t understand how this could be so. The only danger I can imagine would be if someone used it to strangle people.
Still, mass strangling as a terrorist tactic? I don’t think so. And given my clumsiness, I’m more likely to be the stranglee than the strangler. (That’s why I’m always extra careful on the airport’s moving walkways.)
I’m not trying to be snarky, but I don’t understand how this scarf could be dangerous.
I guess my imagination doesn’t stretch far enough.
So, I asked the officer. “Please don’t think I’m being rude or anything,” I said, “but can you tell me how this could be a security risk?”
She hemmed and hawed a bit, then finally glared at me and said something about having to check all scarves and please put it in the bowl.
I put it in the bowl.
Then, when we got to England, I did an Internet search on scarves as a security risk but found nothing relevant.
The only thing I can think of was maybe the TSA is making Muslim women take off their head scarves and, in some effort to stave off accusations of racism, decided to apply the decision to every scarf they see.
Or maybe someone has found a way to infuse cloth with explosives?
I found the whole inident to be rather comical. I mean, I’ve had my purse and luggage searched in front of me and while in transit, been scanned, and patted down more times than I can count. I’m used to taking off my shoes, my jacket, and my belt, emptying my pockets, even removing jewelry on occasion, but this was completely new.
Do you any ideas about why removing my scarf was necessary? If so, please leave a comment because I’m mystified.