A Muslim woman who was wearing a full-length dress and a hijab (Islamic head scarf) was harassed and forced to undergo a humiliating search traveling through the Dayton International Airport, according to a Muslim advocacy group.
According to the group, the woman, whose identity has not been released, was wearing a full-length dress and an Islamic head scarf when she was stopped and pulled out of line for a "pat-down" search at a security checkpoint at the airport on June 2. Three female federal transportation security officers then led the woman to a private room, where she was forced to lift her dress and expose her entire body while one of the officers search under the woman's dress with her hand.
According to the reports, she was searched and questioned for nearly 70 minutes before being allowed to complete her trip to New York. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed letters of complaint with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security's civil rights office.
The officials said it was aware of the alleged incident, but declined to say if they were investigating the situation or if they agreed with the account given by the council.