At Detroit Airport, Canadian-Minister asked to remove turban

At Detroit Airport, Canadian-Minister asked to remove turban

At Detroit Airport, Canadian-Minister asked to remove turban

In April previous year, the cabinet minister, a devout Sikh, was heading home to Canada from Detroit, when he was stopped by the airport security and asked to remove his turban.

In 2007, the U.S. Transportation and Security Administration revised its screening process for people who travel with headwear, such as turbans.

In an interview Thursday, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said "Canada's perspective" was expressed to the US government.

Bains was flying back to Canada after a meeting in April 2017 with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor when the incident took place.

While he was eventually allowed to board once he presented a diplomatic passport, he says it should not have mattered that he was a cabinet minister.

He said the agent asked for his name and ID, and it was then that he showed his diplomatic passport. United States authorities also ordered Detroit airport security staff to undergo further training.

"He told me to take off my turban".


"Ultimately, from my point of view, this is about the fact that discrimination really knows no borders", Bains said Thursday in a phone interview from Toronto.

"As a Sikh, wearing the turban is considered one of the most dutiful acts for a person of the faith and I am proud to represent my community". But upon learning of my diplomatic status, they told me that everything is fine.

"They would never ask me to remove my clothes", he said. "That's not a satisfactory response", Bains was quoted as saying by Guardian.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the TSA said that they "determined that the officer conducting the screening did not follow standard operating procedures", adding that people wearing head coverings may be subject to additional security measures to ensure they are not carrying concealed weapons.

"I've actually had it in Canada", Sajjan said, noting that it's not an issue exclusive to the USA and that he's gone through the US system smoothly. The officer has been given additional training.

"We regret the screening experience did not meet the expectations of Bains", US Transportation Security Authority spokeswoman Michelle Negron told the BBC. He said passengers who are unwilling to remove headwear for religious, medical or other reasons should expect to undergo additional screenings, which may include officer-conducted or self-conducted pat-downs.

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