Air Canada receives backlash on social media after forcing 12-year-old passenger to remove headscarf

August, 2019

Canada's biggest air carrier has become the latest to come under fire after allegedly forcing a 12-year-old girl to remove her headscarf citing "security reasons". The incident has sparked major backlash on social media.

An Air Canada employee who was identified as a flight manager pulled Fatima Abdelrahman, a Muslim player on the U.S.' Squash Team, aside and forced her to remove her hijab at the gate, during the team's flight to Toronto from San Francisco on Aug. 1.

"The person at the gate asked me to take my headscarf off even though I had already passed security and they had checked my passport," Abdelrahman told Canadian media.

Stating that she requested an empty room after the staff insisted upon removing her headscarf, Abdelrahman said they instead "took her to a corner" and forced her to "quickly take off her headscarf."

Source: DS