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Yes, you can fly whilst wearing any of the above. Although the burka and the niqab have been banned in several European countries as well as the Middle East and Asia. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chad, China, Congo-Brazzaville, Denmark, France, Gabon, Latvia, Morocco, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Tunisia have all banned the burka.
The niqab is fully banned or to an extent in Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Germany, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Chad, Cameroon, Tunisia and the Netherlands. Therefore, it's important to consider where you're travelling whilst wearing a burka or a niqab as you can receive a fine.
A hijab is a headscarf that doesn't cover the face and is worn by some Muslims women in the presence of any males outside of their immediate family, which normally covers the hair, neck and chest.
A burka is a long, loose piece of clothing that covers the entire body from head to feet and is chosen to be worn by some Muslim women in the public.
Niqab is a face veil chosen to be worn by some Muslim women that covers the face apart from the eyes.
A khimar is a long piece of garment that covers all the way from the head to the elbows or shoulders without covering the face.
Many Muslim women choose to wear a head covering to maintain modesty and privacy from unrelated males. Islam prescribes modesty behaviour or dress in general, and specifically, the head covering worn by Muslim women.
Many countries have banned the burka and niqab in public places, therefore, it's important to do your research before flying to those countries. However, the hijab and khimar are not under these laws.
Airport security can be a pain at times and it's important to stay patient. Just follow the protocols of the airport and remember your rights.
It's important to know your rights. In many countries, you have the right to wear a head covering and go through security. If and when you're requested to show your appearance, then you can show it there and then or choose to show it in a private room. You can choose to also be screened by the same gender.
If you feel your hijab, khimar or niqab may become creased or wrinkly whilst on a plane then pack with you a spare one and maybe wear it on before you land.
From April 2011, it's illegal to wear a face-covering veil in public spaces in France. Veils or scarves such as the hijab or a khimar do not cover the face and therefore are not affected by this law. Muslim women wearing a face veil i.e burka or a niqab can be ordered to remove the garment in French airports but are free to put it back on during the flight which Air France also permits. Flight attendants can't ask a person to uncover their face as the French law can only be enforced by the French police and other public officials on the ground.
From 2015, Belgium has banned face-covering dress, such as the niqab or burka. However, hijabs and khimars are not in this ban. Airport security would want to see the person identity before they can board the plane.
In 2017, a legal ban on face-covering such as niqabs and burkas was adopted by the Austrian parliament.
From 2016, a ban on the on donning the face-covering in public was added by the Bulgarian parliament.
As of 2016, a ban on the wearing of face-covering clothing in public was adopted by the Latvian government.
The Dutch government in January 2012 announced a ban on any types of face-covering and is popularly known as 'burka ban'. The burka was enforced in August 2019 in schools, public transport, hospitals and government buildings.
In 2017, the Danish government adopted a law from preventing people from wearing the burka and niqab.
From July 2015, Cameroon banned the wearing of full-face veils, including the burka, in the North region.
In July 2015, the Chadian government announced the banning of the wearing of the burka in its territory.
The full-face veil was banned in May 2015 in public places in Congo-Brazzaville.
Gabon announced a full-face veil ban in July 2015 in public places of work.
The burka was banned in 2017 in Xinjiang the northern area of China.
The burka and niqab were banned in April 2019 in Sri lanka.
Yes, you may need to as airport security would like to verify your identity. You may wish to ask to do so in a private room by the same gender, however.
Absolutely, yes, you can take with you safety pins or clips for your head covering. For more information on what you can and cannot take please read our blog on this.
Most definitely, after airport security, you have the right to board the plane whilst wearing any type of headcover. Remember that flight attendant doesn't have the same authority as airport security staff to ask you for your identity.