Lindsay Lohan claimed she was “racially profiled” while making her way through Heathrow Airport in London on Sunday. The actress said it happened because she was wearing a head scarf.
Good Morning Britain reports that Lohan, 30, said she was racially profiled for the first time ever as she took a flight from London to NYC. The Mean Girls star insisted that she was stopped because of her head scarf, which shielded the airport’s security guard from recognizing her.
This happened to me. I was asked to remove my balaclava before boarding a plane. Pure discrimination.https://t.co/U5zRQ3a5FQ
— 6oodfella (@6ame) February 21, 2017
“When I was flying to New York recently. I was wearing a headscarf and I got stopped at the airport and was racially profiled for the first time in my life….She (airport security employee) opened my passport and saw Lindsay Lohan and started apologizing but said ‘take off your head scarf.'”
Lohan, a New York native, said the experience was “jarring” and she didn’t understand at first why she was “double-checked” until she she was asked to remove her scarf before boarding the plane.
“I can’t speak for what the purpose of it was. But it was jarring. I got double checked until she realized. No. It was strange. It did [freak me out]. I’m from New York, born and raised. I was a little intimidated.”
— The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) February 21, 2017
Lohan was wearing a black balaclava after returning from Turkey, where she met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the country’s president. She said she wore the head scarf out of respect for Turkey, and decided to keep it on so that she could fly without being recognized.
A representative from Heathrow Airport denied that airport security engaged in racial profiling, and said that everyone is checked for safety reasons.
“We work hard to provide our passengers with great service while ensuring everyone remains safe and secure.”
Meanwhile, Lohan denied that she converted to Islam, despite speculation and rumors. She said that although she does study the Quran, religion is a separate factor.
“I think that me studying the Quran is something I found solace in.
“You can’t just convert to a religion overnight.” I just study it, nothing is confirmed yet….I don’t want to speak on something I haven’t finished yet. I find a solace in studying not just the Quran but meditation.”
[Feature Photo: AP/Yorgos Karahalis, File]