Sarwat Husain admits the hijab she wears sometimes draws inquiring glances in her home state of Texas. But on a flight to Orlando, Florida, the man sitting next to her gave her more attention than she was used to.

"After the plane takes off, he says, 'If this window was a door, I would have pushed you out,'" she recalled with disbelief. "I looked at him and I said, 'I would have taken you with me.'"

She says her response diffused the tension. "He laughed hard and said 'Oh, you're so funny!' And I said 'Sir, what you said was not funny at all.'"

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