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  • Perry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    The only people this woman should be upsey with are her hardline extremest muslim friends . The guards did the right thing

  • M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Oh my, obviously US Customs would not admit this woman to their country....yes she had a letter from her employer stating that she was returning to her job in Canada, her statement ended with she expected her husband would begin making an application for her immigration to the U.S. later this year. She originally states that she was going to the US for a few months then contradicts herself by saying that her husband would be making an application for her immigration - she lied. Lie no entry for you. US Customs did the right thing.

  • Ian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    To add to M's statement...not to mention a one-way ticket is a red flag right off the bat sure.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    I agree, Wayne; imagine the gall of her being Muslim while travelling. And who ever heard of travelling on a one-way ticket? Who has ever heard of such a thing. As for Mike, why should I feel shame for not 'speaking up about' (ie. criticizing) people LIKE her? What is that supposed to mean, Mike? Who are people LIKE her? I think people should feel shame for not speaking up against ignorant, small-minded, red-necked bigots who hide behind their privledge.

  • San
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    I have to agree with all the statements here. The one way ticket was certainly the red flag. While planning my vacation to the states, I noticed that the way seat sales were, it would be cheaper for me to buy my tickets one way at a time. I questioned a travel agent about this, and was advised that a one way ticket could cause a problem, as long as I had a return date and ticket I'd be ok. I am a ture Canadian and I was told the one way ticket would be questioned. As far as I'm concerned, this lady set off every red flag that security is warned to watch for. A letter from the employer would mean nothing, would she have admitted to the employer she wasn't coming back?? Face it. Air travel has changed forever. Everyone has to adjust to it. The reason for the changes are terrorists, many of muslim decent, and that is factual. Not all are extremists, but the ones who are are going to try to represent themselves as if they are not. As are all terrorists.

  • Robbie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    A republican flag is a political symbol and a 'head scarf' (or a hijab, as anyone who knows anything about Islam would call it) is a religious garment. One is voluntary the other is integral to the faith.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    So, Perry, are you going to get upsey with your hardline neo-Nazi friends? (I'm ASSUMING that all white people have neo-Nazi friends and should have to make ammends for this relationship. Sounds kind of stupid, doesn't it?)

  • abby
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    umm how is anything she said contradictory? when you apply to emigrate to another country, it's done from your country of residence. ie, canada in this case. duh, can't you people read??

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I'm a white male. A little over a year ago, I tried to enter the US on a work visa and was rejected. I did get in a couple of weeks later and subsequently, my (again, caucasian) fiance's trips (with return ticket) were always painful at the US border.

    Her trouble had little to do with her head scarf. Everybody is treated like a potential terrorist at the US border.

  • sophie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    San writes the s/he is a 'ture[sic] Canadian'. And what does that mean, San? That the woman in question is not? If we're going by your standards, San, then the majority of those over 60 in NL aren't 'ture [sic] Canadians]'. Ergo, let's make sure they aren't allowed on a plane either.

    Wow. A heck of a lot of people who obviously know this woman well. extremist friends? false story? what - and all based on this short, broad story from The Telegram? Get over yourselves, folks. Remind yourself of how it feels to be treated like a second class citizen just because your'e from NL, and then treat this woman with compassion. At this point, she's innocent until proven otherwise.

    geez.

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Her story does seem to have some contradictory and questionable statements. Perhaps Canadian authorities should keep a eye on her as well.

  • Funky
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I'm actually ashamed to read some of the comments on this story. She should be upset with her hardline extremist muslim friends? A third of people in this province are of Irish decent...people should be suspicious of all those irish because of their friends and family that are part of the IRA. Those people are terrorists as well. You're a true Canadian, San? What is a true Canadian? Please explain.

  • Kate
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    If this were a story about a Caucasian woman being treated similarly, these comments would be filled with sympathy and support. Instead, some commenters seem to think that it's her own fault for... what? Not being a true Canadian, which apparently means a white Christian. Grow up and learn how to respect other cultures.

  • Wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    The issue here is simple. Twenty five years ago a young Irishman traveling to the UK on a one way ticket would be viewed with suspicion by airport security. Today a young person from Jordan traveling to to the US on a one way ticket is viewed with suspicion by security.

    Is it OK to inconvenience or even hurt the feelings of some people to try to protect the lives of others.

    All the southern Irish with Roman Catholic names who were singled out by British security years ago were not terrorists.....but because some were it made travel harder for all. Same thing in this case.

    Any person of Arab decent or wearing obviously orthodox Muslim garb and traveling to the US on a one way ticket should expect to have problems.

    And as long as there are a small minority of extremists out there, that will remain a sad fact of life

  • Eugene
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    It's nice to note that buried under (alongside?) the bigotry being expressed here there are some voices saying that any person mistreated is just that. I think that certain posts qualify as hate/stereotyping/racial profiling.

  • waiting
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    As a full time employee I have accrued enough time that if I wanted to go on holidays I could leave for over 3 months and still have vacation time remaining. Its been several years of saving - with the intent of being able to go away somewhere for an extended period of time. If I decide to buy a one way ticket to that location that should be my right. If the custom officials had doubts about letting this woman enter the US then we should assume it was for some reason. Giving out opinions on something when we don't have the full story isn't right. I think part of the problem with this is a bad write up on the story. There are plenty of Muslims and other races that travel between. I dont think weve heard the end of this situation

  • bert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Bud from nfld-----how the times have changed --its a mere 50 yrs ago since nflders were barred from entering nova scotia-- so i can just imagine how the lady feels --what an interesting world

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Another poor poor pity me Muslim person playing the race/religion card to try to gain advantage. I have absolutely no sympathy for her. You have demonstrated to those in autority that you are untrustworthy. Shame on you and those who hide behind the mask of Racism and Religion.

    Shame must also be shared by those of us in Canada who dare not speak up about people like her for fear of being labeled some sort of beast.......

  • Pd2kill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I deal with the U.S Customs almost daily and have found that there is no one more rude in the world.

  • Seamus
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Thank you Politically Incorrect for being the only decent human being on here. What's the matter with the rest of you. Perry Especially. She's a Muslim so all her friends and family must be extremists and trerrorists? I'm a white male so does that mean all my friends must be KKK and Nazis? Sounds like that would be the sort of people you associate with so maybe you are just blind due to your surroundings. And the rest of you, have we fallen so far that we cannot even stray from the norm in this society by a fraction without being interrogated. How dare she be a Muslim with a one-way ticket into the states. If she has a valid Visa then it shouldn't be an issue. The only thing that we have learned from the incident over Christmas and September 11th as well is that additional security measures do not matter or work. Just like the old saying goes, Locks only keep honest people out.

  • Jay
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Can we just agree that this lady was trying to circumnavigate proper US visa/immigration procedures to live in the US.
    Unfortunately news agencies love to sensationalise these kinds of events to 'sell' the news, by using racism and religion.
    The lady is mistaken, she may of been profiled, but ultimately what kept her out of the US was not being muslim, it was her own inattention to the rules of international travel.
    I would unpack your bags Ayat, if your husband is in fact a US citizen it will take year(s) to get there legally, and don't expect them to let you in the US anytime soon.

  • Wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Muslim in head scarf with one way ticket to the US.......what did she expect ?

    Go back to the 80's and and an Irish Roman Catholic with a republican flag on his tee shirt traveling to England on a one way ticket would get questioned pretty hard too.

    Security did the right thing.

  • Perry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    The only people this woman should be upsey with are her hardline extremest muslim friends . The guards did the right thing

  • M
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Oh my, obviously US Customs would not admit this woman to their country....yes she had a letter from her employer stating that she was returning to her job in Canada, her statement ended with she expected her husband would begin making an application for her immigration to the U.S. later this year. She originally states that she was going to the US for a few months then contradicts herself by saying that her husband would be making an application for her immigration - she lied. Lie no entry for you. US Customs did the right thing.

  • Ian
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    To add to M's statement...not to mention a one-way ticket is a red flag right off the bat sure.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    I agree, Wayne; imagine the gall of her being Muslim while travelling. And who ever heard of travelling on a one-way ticket? Who has ever heard of such a thing. As for Mike, why should I feel shame for not 'speaking up about' (ie. criticizing) people LIKE her? What is that supposed to mean, Mike? Who are people LIKE her? I think people should feel shame for not speaking up against ignorant, small-minded, red-necked bigots who hide behind their privledge.

  • San
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    I have to agree with all the statements here. The one way ticket was certainly the red flag. While planning my vacation to the states, I noticed that the way seat sales were, it would be cheaper for me to buy my tickets one way at a time. I questioned a travel agent about this, and was advised that a one way ticket could cause a problem, as long as I had a return date and ticket I'd be ok. I am a ture Canadian and I was told the one way ticket would be questioned. As far as I'm concerned, this lady set off every red flag that security is warned to watch for. A letter from the employer would mean nothing, would she have admitted to the employer she wasn't coming back?? Face it. Air travel has changed forever. Everyone has to adjust to it. The reason for the changes are terrorists, many of muslim decent, and that is factual. Not all are extremists, but the ones who are are going to try to represent themselves as if they are not. As are all terrorists.

  • Robbie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    A republican flag is a political symbol and a 'head scarf' (or a hijab, as anyone who knows anything about Islam would call it) is a religious garment. One is voluntary the other is integral to the faith.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    So, Perry, are you going to get upsey with your hardline neo-Nazi friends? (I'm ASSUMING that all white people have neo-Nazi friends and should have to make ammends for this relationship. Sounds kind of stupid, doesn't it?)

  • abby
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    umm how is anything she said contradictory? when you apply to emigrate to another country, it's done from your country of residence. ie, canada in this case. duh, can't you people read??

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I'm a white male. A little over a year ago, I tried to enter the US on a work visa and was rejected. I did get in a couple of weeks later and subsequently, my (again, caucasian) fiance's trips (with return ticket) were always painful at the US border.

    Her trouble had little to do with her head scarf. Everybody is treated like a potential terrorist at the US border.

  • sophie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    San writes the s/he is a 'ture[sic] Canadian'. And what does that mean, San? That the woman in question is not? If we're going by your standards, San, then the majority of those over 60 in NL aren't 'ture [sic] Canadians]'. Ergo, let's make sure they aren't allowed on a plane either.

    Wow. A heck of a lot of people who obviously know this woman well. extremist friends? false story? what - and all based on this short, broad story from The Telegram? Get over yourselves, folks. Remind yourself of how it feels to be treated like a second class citizen just because your'e from NL, and then treat this woman with compassion. At this point, she's innocent until proven otherwise.

    geez.

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Her story does seem to have some contradictory and questionable statements. Perhaps Canadian authorities should keep a eye on her as well.

  • Funky
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    I'm actually ashamed to read some of the comments on this story. She should be upset with her hardline extremist muslim friends? A third of people in this province are of Irish decent...people should be suspicious of all those irish because of their friends and family that are part of the IRA. Those people are terrorists as well. You're a true Canadian, San? What is a true Canadian? Please explain.

  • Kate
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    If this were a story about a Caucasian woman being treated similarly, these comments would be filled with sympathy and support. Instead, some commenters seem to think that it's her own fault for... what? Not being a true Canadian, which apparently means a white Christian. Grow up and learn how to respect other cultures.

  • Wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    The issue here is simple. Twenty five years ago a young Irishman traveling to the UK on a one way ticket would be viewed with suspicion by airport security. Today a young person from Jordan traveling to to the US on a one way ticket is viewed with suspicion by security.

    Is it OK to inconvenience or even hurt the feelings of some people to try to protect the lives of others.

    All the southern Irish with Roman Catholic names who were singled out by British security years ago were not terrorists.....but because some were it made travel harder for all. Same thing in this case.

    Any person of Arab decent or wearing obviously orthodox Muslim garb and traveling to the US on a one way ticket should expect to have problems.

    And as long as there are a small minority of extremists out there, that will remain a sad fact of life

  • Eugene
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    It's nice to note that buried under (alongside?) the bigotry being expressed here there are some voices saying that any person mistreated is just that. I think that certain posts qualify as hate/stereotyping/racial profiling.

  • waiting
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    As a full time employee I have accrued enough time that if I wanted to go on holidays I could leave for over 3 months and still have vacation time remaining. Its been several years of saving - with the intent of being able to go away somewhere for an extended period of time. If I decide to buy a one way ticket to that location that should be my right. If the custom officials had doubts about letting this woman enter the US then we should assume it was for some reason. Giving out opinions on something when we don't have the full story isn't right. I think part of the problem with this is a bad write up on the story. There are plenty of Muslims and other races that travel between. I dont think weve heard the end of this situation

  • bert
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Bud from nfld-----how the times have changed --its a mere 50 yrs ago since nflders were barred from entering nova scotia-- so i can just imagine how the lady feels --what an interesting world

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Another poor poor pity me Muslim person playing the race/religion card to try to gain advantage. I have absolutely no sympathy for her. You have demonstrated to those in autority that you are untrustworthy. Shame on you and those who hide behind the mask of Racism and Religion.

    Shame must also be shared by those of us in Canada who dare not speak up about people like her for fear of being labeled some sort of beast.......

  • Pd2kill
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I deal with the U.S Customs almost daily and have found that there is no one more rude in the world.

  • Seamus
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Thank you Politically Incorrect for being the only decent human being on here. What's the matter with the rest of you. Perry Especially. She's a Muslim so all her friends and family must be extremists and trerrorists? I'm a white male so does that mean all my friends must be KKK and Nazis? Sounds like that would be the sort of people you associate with so maybe you are just blind due to your surroundings. And the rest of you, have we fallen so far that we cannot even stray from the norm in this society by a fraction without being interrogated. How dare she be a Muslim with a one-way ticket into the states. If she has a valid Visa then it shouldn't be an issue. The only thing that we have learned from the incident over Christmas and September 11th as well is that additional security measures do not matter or work. Just like the old saying goes, Locks only keep honest people out.

  • Jay
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Can we just agree that this lady was trying to circumnavigate proper US visa/immigration procedures to live in the US.
    Unfortunately news agencies love to sensationalise these kinds of events to 'sell' the news, by using racism and religion.
    The lady is mistaken, she may of been profiled, but ultimately what kept her out of the US was not being muslim, it was her own inattention to the rules of international travel.
    I would unpack your bags Ayat, if your husband is in fact a US citizen it will take year(s) to get there legally, and don't expect them to let you in the US anytime soon.

  • Wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Muslim in head scarf with one way ticket to the US.......what did she expect ?

    Go back to the 80's and and an Irish Roman Catholic with a republican flag on his tee shirt traveling to England on a one way ticket would get questioned pretty hard too.

    Security did the right thing.