Sikh-American actor, model, and designer Waris Ahluwalia could not board his Aeromexico flight back to New York City after a series of screenings at the airport. He was prevented from boarding the plane after he declined to remove his turban publicly, as this screening process violated his religious faith. In his social media protest, he raised the issue of religious discrimination and the need for cultural training of security personnel.
- [NBC News] Sikh Designer, Actor Says He Wasn’t Allowed to Board Flight Because of His Turban: “The turban is an integral part of a Sikh’s identity and removal in public is akin to a strip search.” Read more
- [CNN] Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia: Aeromexico kicked me off flight over turban: “I didn’t ask to be a public face or voice of a religion. Sikhs have been in (the United States) for over 125 years,” he said. “I just want to make and create art.” Read more
- [Guardian] American Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia barred from US-bound flight over turban row: “As an actor, Ahluwalia appeared in the Oscar-nominated film The Grand Budapest Hotel and the US television series The Carrie Diaries. He also became the first Sikh man to model for Gap.” Read more:
- [New York Magazine] Waris Ahluwalia on the Aeroméxico Turban Controversy: ‘This Is an Opportunity for Change’: “It was all protocol that Ahluwalia had experienced before, except this time when he was asked to remove his turban, the procedure took a new turn.” Read more