707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 31 Posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1736 times:
I am facing a dillemma right now : I am going on holidays to the US next week, and haven't shaved for a few days (6 so far today). I am conducting this stupid little experiment to see how long I can do without shaving (like those who see how long they can do without showering but in a cleaner way. )
Problem is : would I have any problem going through TSA if I look like an unshaved terrorist ? In a better way to put it : should I shave before going there ?
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2601 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
Shaving? My god, what a pagan custom. I stopped scraping my face with a steel blade almost 28 years ago. Sure makes mornings easier. Shampoo the hair, shampoo the face, towel dry, brush hair, brush face, out the door.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
If you do shave, the best thing you might do to look "friendly" is actually leave about 3" of sideburns (to the bottom of earlobes) on each side of your face. This is merely a suggestion, but I don't know of too many terrorists who look like that. Think Dwayne Johnson, i.e. The Rock ( ).
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6197 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1643 times:
I'd suggest shaving, personally. I know the 9/11 hijackers were clean-shaven, but all those images of UBL on TV instill a fear in the American people of Middle Eastern-looking people with beards. The more "clean cut" and "American" you look, the less problems you'll probably have. The immigration officers probably have enough sense to not single you out for that reason alone, but the average Joe on the street might be another story. I know, it's sad that I'm writing this, because I wish we weren't that way, but I believe it's the truth, from my perspective.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2936 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1497 times:
Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. There are enough Americans with scruffy beards that I really don't think the TSA or Customs will care. If you had a scruffy beard AND were wearing a skullcap AND were waving a Saudi passport in one hand and a Koran in the other, maybe that would get their attention. But I don't think a beard in itself will cause any problems.