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Jul 10, 2013 7:59 PM by Alyse Rzemek

TSA: Don't be alarmed at Muslim practices during Ramadan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Safety Administration doesn't want summer travelers to be alarmed if they see Muslims engaged in religious rituals on planes or in airports during Ramadan.

During Islam's holy month, from now through the first week of August, Muslim travelers may be seen bowing or kneeling in prayer, reciting the Quran, or washing their feet in airport restrooms.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says he hopes the TSA advisory prevents misunderstandings among other passengers.

He says it's also good for TSA agents to be alerted, so that Muslim rituals don't give rise to security concerns.

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