Last month, Federal Innovation Minister, Navdeep Bains claims that he was targeted by U.S. officials at an airport in Detriot. The minister says he has now accepted their formal apologies, but given the political climate in the United States, this is a story we can't ignore.
Bains, who is of the Sikh religion, says wearing a turban is "one of the most dutiful acts for a person of the faith". He told reported in Toronto, that he had already made it to his gate and was ready to board his flight when he was approached and asked to remove the turban.
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Bains did not agree to remove his turban when they first asked. Bains states that he had already gone through additional security screens, as per U.S. policy that allows Sikhs to keep their turbans on during airport checks.
He went on to say, "Once they realized my position, who I was, I was ultimately allowed to fly". He continued, "But for me, this is an issue that I think speaks to discrimination, and discrimination happens to many people."
Bains then explains that he is very fortunate that he is in a position where he is able to talk about the incident. He assured reported, "I understand how important security is, but proper process needs to be followed."
Bains added that he has traveled to the U.S. on many occasions and he has never been asked to remove his turban before.
This is not the first time that men of Sikh faith have been targeted at airports. Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also experienced similar incidents at airports. A famous Canadian YouTuber Jus Reign was also forced to remove his turban at a San Francisco airport.
Source: CTV News