But Muslims have struggled (sometimes successfully) to find ways around security. On December 22, 2001, a convert to Islam named Richard Reid attempted to blow up a plane with explosives hidden in his shoes. This is why we must now remove our shoes for scanning whenever we fly.
Shoes aren't the only place to hide explosives, however. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a plane on Christmas Day, 2009, using explosives hidden in his underwear.
Rumors are now circulating about terrorists hiding bombs inside of them (either in their digestive tracts or, in the case of women, in breast implants). Airports have started putting people through full-body scanners. Yet Muslims complained about the full-body scanners (which show an image of the body). The TSA submitted, offering a "pat-down" to people who don't want to go through the scanner. CAIR is now complaining about the pat-down, suggesting that airport security only be allowed to pat down Muslim women's heads and necks (since that's obviously the place they would hide a bomb). The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether it should allow Muslim women to pat themselves down, rather than be patted down by security.
And so it continues. Muslims come up with creative ways around security procedures that were designed to stop Muslim terrorists from killing people. And government agencies keep submitting, so as to avoid offending Muslims. Can we get any dumber?
With the holidays fast approaching, the Transportation Safety Agency has announced new security procedures requiring passengers selected for secondary screening to go through a machine that produces a full body scan producing a nude but grainy, black and white image. Passengers choosing to opt out of the scan will face a full body pat.
The head of Homeland Security has indicated the government is considering the request of an Islamic organization that has suggested Muslim women be allowed to pat themselves down during a full body search that is part of new enhanced procedures at airports.
Since implementing the procedures, numerous complaints have arisen that the search is not a “pat-down” but rather feeling and grabbing along a person’s genitalia and other areas until they meet resistance. Critics have said the pat-downs would be considered sexual assault if performed elsewhere.
The TSA defends the procedures as necessary in light of last years “underwear bomber” and the recent issues involving printer cartridges being used in an attempt to blow up cargo planes.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, has expressed concern with the TSA over the regulations and recommended special procedures for dealing with Muslim women. The organization issued a travel advisory for Muslims over the procedure.
In the advisory CAIR advises all Muslims to contact them and file a complaint with the TSA if they experience any “disturbing incidents” with the new procedures and they feel they have been unfairly singled out for screening.
It goes on to make special recommendations for Muslim women wearing a hijab covering their face. The advisory says women are to inform the officer they are only to pat down the head and neck and says “They should not subject you to a full-body or partial body pat-down.” They also recommend that women should be permitted to pat themselves down and “have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.”
Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Czar, Janet Napolitano, is considering changes to the procedures to address the issues raised by CAIR. (Read more.)