TSA: Air passengers no longer need to remove turbans

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October 16, 2007 20:34

 
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Air passengers will no longer have to remove bulky headwear such as turbans at screening checkpoints if doing so makes them uncomfortable. A revised federal guideline, effective October 27, gives airport screeners the option to pat down headwear at the metal detector if a passenger does not want to remove it for personal reasons. In August, the Transportation Security Administration changed its guidelines and subjected travelers to secondary screening at security checkpoints if they were wearing head coverings, such as cowboy hats, berets or turbans. The screenings could have included a pat-down search of the head covering, if the screener found it necessary.

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