Muflehun was honored to receive the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) 2015 Community Partnership Award for our service and efforts for several years to enhance the traveler experience and to ensure that all passengers are treated with respect and dignity. The award was presented at the TSA 13th Annual Coalition Conference
As a member of the Disability and Multicultural Coalition, Muflehun provides advice and recommendations on TSA screening policies and procedures and is also a cultural awareness trainer for officers as part of the agency’s “Islam 101 Passenger Support Specialist Training.” Muflehun provides expertise in the development of TSA’s anti-discrimination guidance to the workforce, and is a committed participant in the TSA Multicultural Branch’s community engagement initiatives.
Ramadan, a holy month for persons of the Muslim faith, begins this year approximately on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 and ends on Thursday, August 8, 2013. TSA understands that this is a significant religious event for the Muslim community. TSA has reminded its security workforce that traveling passengers may be observed at various areas in the airport – including security checkpoints or on aircraft – engaged in religious practices and meditations during Ramadan. TSA would also like to inform the traveling public that they may notice passengers who are observing Ramadan engaging in the following activities at the airports:
Passengers observing Ramadan will abstain from any food, water, smoking or vices of any kind.
Passengers observing Ramadan may be more likely to engage in prayer at airports or on airplanes while traveling than at other times during the year.
Before prayer, Muslims go through ablution, i.e., a cleansing or washing of certain areas of the body that is usually done in private if possible, but may be observed in airport restrooms.
Passengers observing Ramadan may be seen reading, listening to or orally reciting the Holy Qur’an at airports and on airplanes.
Passengers observing Ramadan may carry prayer beads and “whisper” prayers constantly.