Canada minister tells of United States airport security hassles over turban

Canada minister tells of United States airport security hassles over turban

The United States government has sent in an apology after the Canadian government filed a diplomatic protest on behalf of Canadian Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains, who was stopped at a checkpoint at the Detroit airport and asked to remove his turban previous year, the minister's office was quoted as saying on May 10 by AFP.

Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, who's religiously obligated to wear a turban as a Sikh, publicly discussed the April 2017 incident on Thursday, saying the incident at Detroit Metro Airport following a meeting with the MI governor highlights the "discrimination" some travelers encounter, per the CBC.

The MP said he usually travels on a standard passport in order to understand "what happens to ordinary people who sometimes have difficulties with people in positions of authority".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, told media that they wanted the U.S. to be aware of Ottawa's concerns over the entire incident to protect the Canadians. He pushed back, and asked them to do the test again. "But it was because of who I was, and that should not be the case". "But once you find out my diplomatic status, you say everything is fine".

Bains then proceeded to the boarding area and was there for about 20 minutes before Transportation Security Administration officers reappeared.

He said the agent asked for his name and ID, and it was then that he showed his diplomatic passport. He told the security personnel that he had cleared the security checks and the turban was not a threat.

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But shortly before his flight's departure time, he said, a security agent approached him and tried to take him back to the screening area for more checks. He also told the Quebec newspaper in an interview that he went through the security process without revealing his identity as a federal minister in the Canadian government.

"He [security agent] told me to take off my turban".

Bains added that wearing a turban is "one of the most dutiful acts for a person of the faith". "That's not a satisfactory response". Bains said he accepted those officials' apologies.

"The officer subsequently received additional training", the government agency said.

"We regret the screening experience did not meet the expectations of Mr. Bains", the statement from spokesman Michael McCarthy says.