Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Blog
In late October 2010, officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) informed representatives from three Sikh organizations (SALDEF, United Sikhs, and The Sikh Coalition) that turbans will now always be searched at American airports. This added scrutiny is particularly disconcerting as it implies that articles of faith may unreservedly be viewed and profiled with suspicion. This type of scrutiny has already impacted travelers wearing hijab and abayas who have been unnecessarily singled out and removed from lines for more arduous screenings. This policy represents a significant encroachment on civil liberties in the United States and the Arab American Institute will remain vigilant in monitoring its application.
For more information on this, please refer to The Sikh Coalition Alert by clicking here.