As a college student and revert in America, I had not yet found the strength to wear Hijab full time. However, whenever I went into town where I would not see people I knew, I would wear my hijab to practice and get used to it. The Muslim community in my town is fairly large, so seeing a woman in hijab was not really that unordinary. Nobody ever gave me a hard time for wearing it.
One time flying home from school, I decided why not wear my hijab? As a white woman, I had flown many times before with no problems. However, I knew right away that they were treating me differently. TSA gave me a full body pat down (a woman officer did the pat down), and had to run tests on my laptop.
On the plane, I usually chat with my seat mates, but the man next to me tried very hard not to make eye contact with me and was very short with me when I asked him in a friendly manner how he was doing and where he was going. A child sitting across the isle from me even looked scared of me when I tried to smile at him. Children usually love me, and I tend to get along with them very well, so this was extremely unusual.
I wanted to tell these people: I am an American, just like you! Just because I choose to wear a scarf on my head doesn’t make me a terrorist.
Overall, a very eye opening Hijab experience. I hope the American people can see as a whole how beautiful and peaceful the religion of Islam truly is. Insha’ALLAH (God-Willing) I will be able to wear Hijab full time one day soon.