Muslim teen forced to remove hijab at airport in front of passengers

A 12-year-old Muslim girl has laid a complaint after being forced to remove her hijab in front of other passengers while boarding a flight in San Francisco.

"The Air Canada agent said, 'You need to take that off,'" Fatima Abdelrahman told CBS News. "He pointed at my scarf, and I said, 'I can't,' and he said, 'You have to.'"

The teenager, member of the US national squash team, said officials at the airport refused her request to remove the hijab in a private room with only female staff present.

"Taking it off isn't just like taking off a sock, or taking off whatever, it's almost like taking off a limb. It's a big deal to me."

Watch the video for the full report from CBS News.