23/02/2016 3:10 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Sikh Comedian Forced To Remove Turban At US Airport


SAN FRANCISCO--An Indo-Canadian Sikh comedian was forced to take off his turban here during a security check, weeks after a Sikh-American actor was barred from boarding a flight in Mexico for refusing to take off his turban.

Jasmeet Singh, who’s known on the internet as “JusReign,” posted about the incident on Twitter.

“So the (agents) made me take off my turban in extra screening or they said I wouldn’t be able to be let through to catch my flight,” he tweeted.

When he asked for a mirror, so that he can tie his turban back, the agent told him that there are no mirrors and that he can just walk down the terminal to the nearest restroom without his turban on.

Turbans are mandatory in public for Sikh men, and are worn to protect the hair, as well as to convey a sense of identity.

On February 9, Waris Ahluwalia, a Sikh-American actor, model and designer was barred from boarding Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to New York after he refused to remove his turban during a security check, drawing swift condemnation from the fashion community.

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Later, Mexico’s flag carrier apologised to the 41-year-old actor saying it “recognises and is proud of the diversity of its passengers“.

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