UK bus driver asks for removal of niqab

London: A niqab-wearing woman in the UK was treated like a "terrorist" after a bus driver demanded that she remove her face cover over safety fears as he felt she could "bomb the bus", according to media reports.

The woman, who was travelling on the First bus 24 from Easton to Bristol city centre, said she was shocked when the driver began berating her for wearing the niqab after she boarded the bus with her two-month-old baby, the BBC reported.

The 20-year-old woman said the driver told her "this world is dangerous" and demanded to see her face, it added.

"He said I was scary and I was dangerous, and he kept talking about it during the journey. He was insinuating I was going to bomb the bus. How is that possible, when I've got a baby with me?," she said. "I've been humiliated in public, and I'm disappointed. It's 2018, we shouldn't be like that. I'm being stereotyped."

The First Bus has apologised, saying the driver made a huge mistake and has been censured through the company's disciplinary procedures. "We would like to fully and unreservedly apologise to the customer for the distress caused when one of our drivers expressed his personal opinions," said a spokesman for the bus. 


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