February 27, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London: The Sikh Network has issued guidance for airports worldwide on how to respectfully treat the Dastaar (Sikh turban).
The document reads as follows:
In a press release sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said: “Following two recent high profile incidents of disrespect of the dastaar (Sikh turban) at airports in Mexico City and San Francisco the Sikh Network has produced guidance to help those running airports worldwide.”
“The Sikh Federation (UK) was instrumental in working with the UK Government between 2010 and 2013 in establishing the new procedure and allowing it to be used across Europe. The procedure not only ensures the highest level of security, but also full respect for Sikhs wearing the dastaar and others wearing headwear for religious or cultural reasons.”
“The universal guidance is an important first step, but will need to accompanied by appropriate training for security staff at airports and for suitable equipment and facilities to be readily available.”
The two incidents involved Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia who was barred from getting on a AeroMexico flight to New York because of his dastaar and Toronto-based Sikh comedian Jasmeet Singh, better known online as ‘JusReign’ who was forced to take off his turban at San Francisco airport.