Waris Ahluwalia Barred from US Flight

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"This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban. #FearisanOpportunitytoEducate #humanrights #dignity #lovenotfear,"


With fashion week around the corner actor and fashion designer Waris Ahluwalia was on his way back to the big apple when he was told he had to book another flight.

Mr Ahluwalia reportedly went through initial security screening process which included having his hands and the bottom of his feet swabbed. When he was asked to remove his turban he refused.

For all those who aren't familiar with the sikh turban -

The dastaar, as the Sikh turban is known, is an article of faith that has been made mandatory by the founders of Sikhism. It is not to be regarded as mere cultural paraphernalia. When a Sikh man or woman dons a turban, the turban ceases to be just a piece of cloth and becomes one and the same with the Sikh's head.

Among the Sikhs, the Dastaar is an article of faith that represents honour, self-respect, courage, spirituality, and piety. The Khalsa Sikh men and women, who keep the Five Ks, wear the turbanpartly to cover their long, uncut hair (kesh).

The Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund expressed their disappointment over the situation saying the turban is an integral part of a Sikh's identity and its removal in public is "akin to a strip search".

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What I loved about Waris was that he turned this dreadful experience into a positive one. Even though alternative routes were made so he could go to NY, he stayed until the Mexican airlane apologized publicly.

The Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund expressed their disappointment over the situation saying the turban is an integral part of a Sikh's identity and its removal in public is "akin to a strip search".

"No travellers should be subjected to what I was today," Ahluwalia said.
"Fear is an opportunity to educate."
Aeromexico later released a statement apologising to Mr Ahluwalia for the "bad experience".
"Aeromexico recognises and is proud of the diversity of its passengers.
"Every day we work to ensure strict compliance with the highest safety standards, while we respect and value the culture and beliefs of our customers.

"We apologise to Mr Waris Ahluwalia for the bad experience he had with one of our security elements in addressing your flight to New York in the Mexico City International Airport.
"This case motivates us to ensure that security personnel strengthen its care protocols, always respecting the cultural and religious values ​​of customers."

This is not the first time Waris Ahluwalia was a victim of racsim publicly. I remember a few years back they had him on GAP ad and they were hateful words written on his billboard by a vandal. GAP did an amazing job with the situation. 

Lets hope by educating people about our cultures and ways that we can all evolve to live without hate and ignornace. 

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