‘I Have to Scan Your Hands for Chemicals’

‘I Have to Scan Your Hands for Chemicals’

#ShitTSASays chronicles the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s ludicrous mistreatment and profiling of Muslims while flying. Send your story to editorial@muslimgirl.com.


TSA said to me:

“You’re wearing a headscarf so I just have to scan your hands for chemicals.” tweet

That same day when I was waiting in line, a TSA agent made no conversation with anyone besides me and was asking where I was headed. I was in Milwaukee for a conference — and I said, “New York.”

So he asked, “Why?”

I answered, “Because I live there.” And then he started asking for how long I lived in New York, what I was doing in New York, etc. — until it was time to go through the scanner.

Mind you, this was two days after the Paris attacks. It was 5 A.M. and I was the only visibly Muslim person there.

Written by Sarah Aly

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