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Still learning to love the veil?
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, December 20, 2006

This should prompt some interesting reaction from those who feel cultural traditions (even if they're not those of your country) trump all other concerns:
A man who was being hunted for the murder of a policewoman is understood to have escaped from Britain by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman.

Mustaf Jama, a prime suspect in the fatal shooting of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, assumed his sister’s identity — wearing the niqab and using her passport — to evade supposedly stringent checks at Heathrow, according to police sources.

The use of the niqab, which leaves only a narrow slit for the eyes, highlights flaws in British airport security.
You don't say. But of course, faux cultural sensitivity is much more of a priority than catching a murderer (or security). David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary said:
“The idea that in any circumstances you could be let through passport control wearing a veil is barely credible,” he said. “Doing so when an all-persons bulletin for murder has been issued demonstrates that our borders are not just porous — they are non-existent.”
You can't have security if you make exceptions to what would be obvious to anyone. You don't really know who is behind the veil until you look. That's the purpose of a picture on a passport. What's amazing is that point even has to be made in this day and time.
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Terror Unvieiled left!
Written By: PLE
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I’ll bet he had really nice eyes....

Written By: Bithead
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To be immortalized soon in a Lifetime movie with John Cleese or Eric Idle playing the part dressed in traditional, and oh-so-realistic Python drag.

One has to wonder why his voice didn’t give it away? Talented voice impersonator? Eunuch? Or is security so lax that he not only never had to lift the veil, but never even had to speak a word to get aboard the plane?
Written By: Terry
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So he’s a crossdresser, doesn’t he get sentenced to death or stoning or castration under Sharia law?

How great would that be?
Written By: shark
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In the interests of fairness and honesty I feel compelled to point out that at the moment this whole story is only speculation (based on the alleged theft of his sister’s passport).

There are also conflicting reports about whether the veil has to be removed. Security does not check the passenger against their documents and there is no longer an immigration check as you leave (the Torys dropped it for travel to the EU in the early 90s and the magnificent labour government abolished it for all travel in 1998). It is currently the responsibility of the airline at check in and at the gate to check you against the document. It is unclear to me whether this occurs for veiled women but a fomrer head of BAA security suggests it is unlikely that he would have got through and that people are asked.

Does any reader of this site wear a niquab and travel through London airports? It would be interesting to hear accounts of whether they have been asked to show their faces.
Written By: Kav

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