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What are one's options when facing religious discrimination at the airport?

I think the key word in your initial statement is that you heard about it. The fact that this occurred was deemed serious enough that it made it to the international news outlets. Now, of course, ...
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

There have been Jews in India for 2500 years, and largely without experiencing anti-Semitism. Even if there was a sudden, historically unprecedented upswing in hostility or violence against Jews, it ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

Based on my own years of experience of flying to the Schengen area as an Indian, and conversation with countless friends, acquaintances, family members, Paris (CDG) is in general the most friendly ...
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What are one's options when facing religious discrimination at the airport?

I fail to see where in this case, quoted in the question, that it is a clear case of discrimination. Two other Air Canada employees then approached Fatima, reiterating she must remove the head ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

I'm brown as brown can be too .. here're my experiences and take-aways: Yes sometimes I get picked out for extra questioning. Getting frustrated is the worst thing I can do. Be patient, be polite, ...
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

Probably not. It seems very unlikely. First of all, India is quite a multicultural society with hundreds of various creeds and lots of religions. There is a longstanding tradition of being tolerant ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

While it’s difficult to rule out racism on the part of a specific individual or group, one has to remember that they are mostly just doing their job. Remember that, at this time, entering a foreign ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

I frequently travel between India and Germany. I look very European (blond, blue eyes). I have seen that they man the customs much more on flights from India than from other flights and I have heard ...
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Can a naturalised Japanese citizen enter a Japanese-only establishment?

Depends entirely on the establishment. Those businesses set their own policies and get to choose who's allowed in and who's not based entirely on their own whims. Some allow people who speak ...
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What are one's options when facing religious discrimination at the airport?

The best thing you can do is to carefully study the rules & regulations that unfortunately are different for every country & airline. As long as you are operating within the stated rules you ...
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What are one's options when facing religious discrimination at the airport?

Note: I refer to the TSA in this answer, but it applies to pretty much anyone (who has some authority over you) that you deal with at the airport. What are my rights as a passenger to prevent ...
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

As someone who traveled to India before with identifiable Jews (I'm secular myself). Me and fellow travelers in my party have found Bangalore to not be risky for Jews. I've also talked to several ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to visit the Prophet's Mosque in Medina?

Non-muslims are allowed to enter Saudi Arabia freely. However, they are prohibited from entering two areas: The entire city of Makkah. The city of Medina, except for the outskirts (most notably, the ...
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What are one's options when facing religious discrimination at the airport?

Depending on what exactly your wife is wearing, you may consider avoiding travel to countries which tend to value secularism over religion. For instance, in France your wife can be fined for wearing a ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

I am a tall brown Arab with a beard and a Muslim sounding name, who flies frequently to Europe. I personally never faced the same exact thing you faced while most likely I fit every "singling-out&...
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Can an ethnic Armenian visit Azerbaijan?

No. There were some cases when people with Armenian roots were not allowed into Azerbaijan even though technically they had 1/8th or even 1/16th of Armenian blood. There were also some documented ...
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

Absolutely not. India is very tolerant toward other religions. I myself have been there with my Jewish friend. There was this one kind old man who was having trouble carrying some sort of crate. My ...
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Do any airlines have bans on children from certain passenger sections?

The only place children (and minors) cannot be seated is in the exit row. The same goes for anyone physically unable to operate the emergency equipment / exit doors; or is otherwise incapable (for ...
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How can you complain about being wrongly denied boarding and demand compensation?

How can you claim compensation for the ticket if my friend has wrongly been denied boarding? Assuming the "Turkish official at the gate" was the Turkish Airlines agent (and not for example Turkish ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

I am an Indian national and as brown as brown can be. ... he demanded to see if I was carrying money and also counted it. ... And I know he singled me out because there were tons of white people ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to visit the Prophet's Mosque in Medina?

Non Muslims are not allowed in prophets mosque in Medina also in Al Masjid Al Haram in Mecca. Non Muslim not allowed in all Mecca city but In Medina some prohibited area are not allowed non Muslims ...
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Can an ethnic Armenian visit Azerbaijan?

The answer is not a strict no. Officially and unambiguously, there's no such discrimination, as having such law would weaken the position of Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, where the ...
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What are one's options when facing religious discrimination at the airport?

You fail to see the other side of this exchange. The security checks at the airport serve multiple purposes, and one of them is to ensure that the person entering the airport is a registered ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

Try Frankfurt: Germany is currently actively encouraging Indian IT professionals/engineers to work in Germany and I would expect all of them to pass through Frankfurt if only for logistics reasons, so ...
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