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Flying is not a right

Reader comment on item: Niqab Security Outrages at Airports
in response to reader comment: Wrong Focus -- it's not about the burqa

Submitted by Edwin (Canada), Aug 19, 2010 at 15:41

I wear a hat. I always wear a hat. It protects me from the sun. My hat is not for specious reasons of superstition, but for real protection against the possibility of skin cancer on my head. Sometimes I forget to take it off. I have been asked by various security personnel to remove my hat for clear and easy identification. I do so with good grace.

The simple solution at airports is that a white line be painted on the floor and every person wishing to board an aircraft should remove all hats, masks, scarves etc. that cover their face, hair and ears. Each person should carry their own identification when they cross that line, and anyone who does not wish to remove all impediments to recognition be directed to an exit.


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