There was a woman on the news the other day who said she wore it cos she didn't want to be attractive to anyone but her husband.
Makes me feel uncomfortable, personally.
I do think if there's security measures involved they shouldn't expect special treatment purely because of their religion, particularly when apparently it isn't even a requirement, but more of a cultural thing. They may feel uncomfortable having to take it off when it comes to security checks and whatnot, but when they come to a country where everyone else has to, it's only fair that they abide by the same rules as everyone else here. Things are difficult in some muslim countries, I'm not denying that, but it may just be a better option to live in a society where it's more acceptable rather than expect us to bend these rules.
However, I do think that's ONLY in those cases: i.e. where everyone else is expected to take off their hats, etc. purely for the safety of everyone else. In other day-to-day situations, what someone wears is completely up to them and certainly not for the government to dictate. It's very rocky ground and only causes more anger and resentment. Just because our own personal views may not understand or accept that some women want to wear the veil themselves doesn't mean we have any right to force them not to. Individual choices are just not for the majority to make, and that goes for anything. I don't feel uncomfortable or threatened seeing them as others have pointed out - it's just how the media wants us to feel, and just the image being projected onto us. The only reason we feel there's a "divided Britain" or anything like that is because phrases like that are being thrown around to make us scared, and all the vast majority of these people are trying to do is live their lives. =/ Sure, try to keep an eye on the nutters who are causing problems - but to have this sort of view and upset a load of people in the process further is dangerous ground, in my opinion.
it's scary when you can't see one's face.
it's bizarre on the other hand - when women go to for instance saudi arabia, they are ordered to be properly covered, so why can't muslims, when coming to UK accept british way of life and adopt it? i'm not talking about an extreme change of beliefs, but one's covered face is kinda too much.
they wear it so that security staff can't see their faces and so find it harder to keep track of them.
If it could be banned without having extremists attack the UK then yes.