Lindsay Lohan, the actress known best for her role in popular Hollywood films such as Mean Girls, claims she had been “racially profiled” while traveling through London Heathrow airport.
As she described the ordeal on ITV’s morning show Good Morning Britain, Lohan, 30 years old, stated that security requested that she remove the headscarf she had been wearing as she stood in line for her flight from London to New York, having just arrived from Turkey.
Events that Unfolded
“I was wearing a headscarf and I got stopped at the airport and racially profiled for the first time in my life,” she stated.
“She opened my passport and saw ‘Lindsay Lohan’ and started immediately apologizing but then said, ‘Please take off your head scarf.’”
Lohan complied with the request, but says it “scared” her to feel what this might mean when others who have the headscarf for strict religious reasons are requested to do the same.
“How would another woman who doesn’t feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel?” said Lohan. “That was really interesting to me.”
Feelings After the Incident
The host Susanna Reid asked her if this incident had “freaked her out”, and she replied: “It did, I’m from New York, I was born and raised there so I was a little intimidated.”
She then enquired whether the actress has been considering converting to the Islamic religion, having previously discussed the faith and her studies on it.
The actress replied that while she is still undecided about the move, “out of respect to certain countries that I go to, I feel more comfortable acting the same as the other women. That’s just a personal respect issue for me.”
A Heathrow Airport spokeswoman said: “Heathrow respects the cultural and religious needs of all passengers travelling through the airport.
We work hard to provide our passengers with great service while ensuring everyone remains safe and secure.”