How to avoid random checking

A friend of mine, who will be traveling with me to Germany (she’s traveling next Monday already to Ulm) sent us the following email, after we heard some incidents of our friends being random checked at European Airports before because of wearing hijab.

“I was really concerned about the random checking at airports so I asked around and got some good tips and thought of sharing them with u and help u sleep at night 🙂 !

First, Remember that you are a minster of Islam especially if we are wearing hijab or look muslim or middle eastern so every action and word we do can and will be used against not us but Islam so we carry a great Amaana and burden but May Allah yeg3al feena 7’eer do3aa le 7’eer deeen ya rab Ameeeeen…
Remember that they are not the enemy (resent the actions not the action doers ) and even if someone gives u a hard time be tolerant:
– its either because they are following safety regulations i.e doing their Job so respect that
-Or they may be doing that out of hate agony or ignorance or 3’lassssssa we el salam … in this case remeber 3 things :
1.maybe this person lost a loved one in a terrorist attack so they are blinded by emotion….
2-by showing good manners and modesty.. maybe allah will make u a cause for them to change their attitudes and views about muslims even if it is after a long time
3-Remember that we are to be blamed about the ignorance that these pple have about the true picture of Islam and this can be our chance to do something ….so the least we can be is be tolerant and try to show our best attitude to get the best out of the situation we yemken besdeq el neya Allah yekremna we ye7fazna isA

So here are some things i heard…
1- Don’t look provoking ….
-smile keep a happy face greet pple (even if they don’t greet u back)
-obey orders and regulations don’t lie, cheat .. do stand in line and obey the order and the law…
– be confident and don’t look suspicious and creepy
– If someone asks u a weird question(are u a terrorist ?) or gives u a hard time at a check point don’t make a fuss “why mee? they all passed ? this is discrimination” its un fair .. u don’t have the right to open my bag you !?!?@#$???@?@?@ …. this will only make them more provoked and irritated at u and u may end up in a situation a lot worse then the one u are in now . remeber that u can always handle the situation politely and tolerantly and calmly.

2-Avoid wearing things that will stop u at check points :
-Metal items (if needed keep them in your bag that automatically gets checked so it won’t be a problem)
eg: ( metal head band (toka clips), belt, shoes with metal buckles , clothes that have big metal buckles , bra with an under wire, metal coins, keys )
-Avoid sharp objects : (not in your hand bag plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)
eg sissors , mabrad dawafer , knife , ..)
-Note about clothes:
– remeber that u will probably be asked to take off ur jacket at check points … make sure that ur jacket is not your clothes (i.e. make the jacket an extra gadget and wear pullover chemise that u are ok with walking around with in the airport…. )
-don’t wear a big scarf … try to keep it tight and short and not fluffy or wear 2 scarfs on each other … note they may want check ur head cover try wearing something under (bandana or talbessa ) so u won’t be uncomfortable if they check it yet they will be able to see that there is nothing under it ….
– try to wear shoes that are easy to take off and avoid big bulky shoes that look like u can hide something in (avoid sneakers and boots )

3- MAke doa3aaaa… remeber azkar el saba7 we el masa2 and I recommend these doaaa:

اللهم أكفينيهم بماء شأت وكيفما شأت إنك على كل شي قدير

سورة الأعراف الآية 89 : {….. وَسِعَ رَبُّنَا كُلَّ شَيْءٍ عِلْمًا عَلَى اللّهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا رَبَّنَا افْتَحْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ قَوْمِنَا بِالْحَقِّ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْفَاتِحِينَ

4- Watch these two videos from Ummah Films they are very funny and yet comforting isA 🙂

And finallyy

Please share more tips if u have and please DON’t Share scary stories of random checking LOL!”
سورة يوسف الآية 64 : { فَاللّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظًا وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ}

Originally Posted By Laila Hussein to Thoughts & Tips at 2/27/2008 04:04:00 PM


Unpacking and… Mission succeeded!

promised to let you know if the bundle-wrapping method of packing clothes worked for me.. and I can tell you: YES! It worked, it’s the first method that actually worked for me! No wrinkles, no folds.
As you see I made more than one bundle because I am staying tillnext year…

And the best part is.. I caught the train! 🙂

Originally Posted By Laila Hussein to Thoughts & Tips at 2/16/2008 12:33:00 PM

Packing Clothes

As I’m going back and forth between Cairo and Alexandria, I have tried several ways of packing clothes to prevent wrinkles and folds. (I don’t like to iron a lot!)
Today I wanted to try out something new and I found this way called : “bundle-wrapping”.
The following is the way how to do it:

How to pack by Bundle Wrapping

excerpt written by Doug Dyment

A solution to the problem of wrinkles and unwanted creases, though it involves some inconvenience, is the use of the bundle wrapping technique. It involves the careful wrapping of clothes around a central core object, avoiding the folds that result in creases. Furthermore, the tension created in the fabric by the wrapping process significantly reduces the chances of wrinkling:

Begin by selecting the item that will form the core of the bundle: an organizer pouch is a good choice. The optimal size will depend upon the configuration of your bag and the amount of clothing to be packed, but around 11 x 16″ (30 x 40cm) should work well. The pouch is filled with soft items (socks, swimsuit, undergarments, sheet bag, etc.) to form a cushion around which the clothing will be wrapped.

Clothing is wrapped in a specific order, so that the larger and more tailored garments will end up on the outside of the bundle, with less easily wrinkled pieces closer to the core. An appropriate sequence might be:

  • jacket
  • skirts, dresses (a particularly long, straight dress or skirt might be better placed before the jacket)
  • long-sleeved shirts
  • short-sleeved shirts
  • slacks
  • sweater, knits
  • shorts

Tip: Button the fronts of shirts, and perhaps the jacket (unless it is overly wide).

If your bag features a zipper around three full sides (as recommended in my luggage discussion), it will open flat for packing. Begin by taking the item highest on the above list: a jacket, if you’re packing one. Lay it flat, face down on the bottom of the bag, collar just touching one of the long sides of the bag (but not enough to curl up against it).

The bottom of the jacket will extend well outside the bag, of course, as will the sleeves (which should be oriented so as to lie the most naturally). Smooth everything out carefully, eliminating any wrinkles. Note that tailored jackets are the exception to the rule: all other garments are placed face up.

Continue with the remaining garments, alternating the (long) sides of the bag that the collars touch (to keep an even thickness). Slacks are placed so that their waistbands touch one of the bag’s short sides; this is also true of most skirts (which are often folded lengthwise first). Strive for a smooth placement, avoiding wrinkles as much as possible.

When all items are down, place the core on top, forming the centre of the bundle. Now work your way back down the clothing stack, wrapping each piece around the slowly growing bundle before moving on to the next item (don’t interleave garments with one another). Bring up the bottom of each garment, wrapping it as far around the bundle as it will go, then the sleeves, usually straight across (and around). Some prefer to wrap the sleeves first, then the body; do whatever works best for you.

With jackets, it is generally preferable to wrap the sleeves first, crossing them in more of an X-shape across the bundle (because of the tailoring in the shoulders). Wrap the bundle firmly.

As a final step, place the resulting bundle in your bag, and tie it in firmly with the bag’s tie-down straps. If the bundle is allowed to shift around during travel, much of your work will have been in vain.
When you arrive at your destination, open out the bundle to let the clothes “relax”.

You can find the diagram

Also, here is where I got the info from, there are several other ways explained..
I am going to try this method right now! And I will tell you if it works for me :)!
(I hope I will catch the train…)

Originally Posted By Laila Hussein to Thoughts & Tips at 2/14/2008 01:33:00 PM