USA apologizes after Canadian official was asked to remove turban at airport

Federal minister shares story of security hassles at US airport due to his turban

Navdeep Bains, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, went through the TSA checkpoint once without any issues but was asked to go through additional screenings because of his turban.

In 2007, the United States issued Sikh Air Travelers' Bill of Rights, stipulating that Sikhs have the right to wear turbans and religious scarves during security screenings in USA airports, as well as the right not to remove their head-covering in public.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration and the Department Homeland Security apologized to Canada on behalf of the USA government.

Bains was flying back to Canada after a meeting in April 2017 with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor when the incident took place.

"I think it's quiet unfortunate that somebody so high profile who holds a responsible position In Canada would be subjected to such screening and would be asked to remove their turban".

Bains said when he travels he doesn't like to reveal his cabinet position because he wants to see how things play out for people who aren't ministers or lawmakers.

The security agent ran the swab test again, and when it did not detect anything, he was allowed to proceed to his boarding gate. Then he was asked to remove the turban. "Security is important. We cannot compromise on security".

FIA bars USA diplomat from leaving Pakistan
Consequently, two riders of the bike suffered injuries and one of them, 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, succumbed to his injuries. Although Colonel Joseph is not on the ECL, his name has been blacklisted by the ministry, barring him to fly overseas .

"I politely replied that I did not represent a security threat, and that I had passed all security checks".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she felt it was important to voice Ottawa's concerns about the way Bains was treated in order to "support all Canadians travelling across the border".

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

Bains, a Sikh, refused to comply with TSA's request, which he said was a first in his many American flights. But upon learning of my diplomatic status, they told me that everything is fine. The US officials said that removing the turban is not part of airport security protocol and have apologized to Bains for the incident. "This is not a satisfactory answer", he said.

TSA spokesman Mike England told HuffPost that the department reviewed closed-circuit video of the episode and determined that the agent conducting the screening did not follow standard operating procedures.

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

Ms Negron said that additional security screening may be required of individuals wearing head coverings, and that it applies to all head coverings and does not target any one group.

Related News:

  • Fed Up Homeland Security Chief Nearly Resigned After Trump Publicly Berated Her

    Fed Up Homeland Security Chief Nearly Resigned After Trump Publicly Berated Her

    According to the Times , Trump launched a tirade about the lack of progress in deterring immigrants at the U.S. -Mexico border. At the meeting, Trump railed against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings.
    United Kingdom  in contact with Congo after incident with two British nationals

    United Kingdom in contact with Congo after incident with two British nationals

    Just last month, on April 9, five park rangers and their driver were killed in an ambush which saw a sixth park ranger injured. It is believed they were visiting the world-famous gorilla sanctuary the Virunga National Park .
    Arsenal will challenge for Premier League title next season - Wenger

    Arsenal will challenge for Premier League title next season - Wenger

    On the match he would change: It's always the last one - not Leicester because there was nothing at stake - but Atletico Madrid. Wenger will take charge of his last game for Arsenal at Huddersfield on Sunday after nearly 22 years at the helm.
  • NASA to fly first helicopter on Mars

    NASA to fly first helicopter on Mars

    After the helicopter is placed on the ground the rover will be directed to drive to a safe distance to relay commands. Successful tests would open the door to more aerial observation and exploration during future missions, however.
    9 killed, 40 wounded in bomb attacks at Indonesia's 3 churches

    9 killed, 40 wounded in bomb attacks at Indonesia's 3 churches

    The most serious incident was in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in central Jakarta . Recall, may 13, in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, East Java province, during the morning Sunday bombings of three churches.
    North Carolina's 9th District goes blue

    North Carolina's 9th District goes blue

    Robert Pittenger lost his Republican primary to a Southern Baptist pastor who flipped the results of their 2016 primary. Though turnout was typically low, North Carolina's primary election wasn't without some notable fireworks last night.
  • Seven die in Australia's worst shooting for 22 years

    Seven die in Australia's worst shooting for 22 years

    State Police Commissioner Chris Dawson and Augusta-Margaret River Shire President Pam Townshend addressing the media this morning. Three firearms have been found at the Osmington farm where seven members of the same family were found dead from gunshot wounds.
    Minecraft's Bedrock Update, Crossplay Coming to Nintendo Switch in June

    Minecraft's Bedrock Update, Crossplay Coming to Nintendo Switch in June

    The title will support cross-platform play and the Nintendo Switch Online paid subscription service when it launches in September. It costs $29.99 and includes all previously released downloadable content, including the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack.
    Well, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bathing suits are a thing now

    Well, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bathing suits are a thing now

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to walk down the aisle at Windsor Castle next weekend, after months of anticipation. Meghan (36) said she knew little about her royal date while Harry said he had never heard of her or watched her TV series.
  • UFC 224 Start time Preview at Brazil

    UFC 224 Start time Preview at Brazil

    Who will move closer to the middleweight title? While Nunes didn't finish Shevchenko, she did notch her second title defense. Machida, 39, is coming off an impressive decision win over up-and-coming prospect Eryk Anders, giving him his first loss.
    Trump thanks North Korea for 'smart' move to dismantle nuclear-test site

    Trump thanks North Korea for 'smart' move to dismantle nuclear-test site

    North Korea's foreign ministry says explosives will be used to collapse tunnels at the northeastern testing ground. However, observers noted that there has been no mention of foreign experts being allowed access to the site.
    Celtics Vs. Cavs Schedule: Dates, Start Times For Eastern Conference Finals

    Celtics Vs. Cavs Schedule: Dates, Start Times For Eastern Conference Finals

    Embiid scored 27 points in Game 5, going 9-for-18 from the floor with 12 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks in 39 minutes. Brown started at shooting guard after coming off the bench in the previous three games because of a strained right hamstring.


Most liked

Harvest Hope Stamp Out Hunger Saturday with Postal Service
Over the past quarter century, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food. Letter carriers hope to top that number this year, and they urge local residents to help.

'Happy' Fernando Alonso hoping to benefit from potentially chaotic wet race
Alonso finished in the points in all four races and is sixth in the drivers' standings, ahead even of Max Verstappen of Red Bull . Alonso started with a fifth place in Australia and was seventh in each of the next three races - Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan.

On AT&T-Time Warner merger, Giuliani again contradicts White Hou
On the day AT&T announced its bid to buy Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, then-candidate Trump said he opposed the deal. AT&T paid Essential Consultants LLC, a firm set up by Cohen, a total of $600,000 over 2017 for the advice.

Authorities Raid Leading Korean Cryptocurrency Exchange Upbit
As the market continues to mature, these events should grow fewer and farther between, and investors will grow a thicker skin. Now, the exchange is being investigated by the local police for the illicit moving of customer funds to its executive account.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: How gritty Celtics can win the East
The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 47.8 percent shooting. But Lue uses the regular season as a canvas to paint his playoff picture. "Scary" Terry [Rozier] has played great for them.

Solo: A Star Wars Story - What are critics saying about the movie?
The director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi , Rian Johnson , has shared his early thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story . Donald Glover's portrayal of the young Lando Calrissian is unsurprisingly getting a lot of love from the audiences.

Antonio Conte defends his decision to leave out Eden Hazard against Huddersfield
For sure, they started this game with only one target in their mind: to take one point. I think that, at the end of the season, you finish in the position you deserve".

Oil jumps 3 percent after USA quits Iran deal, United States stock drawdown
They expect West Texas Intermediate, the most commonly cited USA contract, to trade $6 below the price of Brent in 2019. Weekly US crude oil production hit another record last week, climbing to 10.7 million barrels per day (bpd).

Further clashes expected on Israel's border with Gaza
Rioters were also "launching kites with burning items attached to them with the intention of igniting fires in Israeli territory". The embassy is partly in predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem and partly in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem.

Mercedes maintain Barcelona dominance, Vettel expecting more
Brendon Hartley and Romain Grosjean also had moments at the same corner, but were able to avoid the barrier. There's still a lot of unknowns into this season right now and we're still learning and hoping.

Trump Strikes At PBMs, Insurers, Drugmakers With Plans To Lower Consumer Prices
This is "just the beginning", Trump concluded, promising new legislation and more actions that required help from Congress. Trump said his proposals would result in "eliminating the middle men; the middle men became very, very rich".

Symantec shares lose one third of value overnight
The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link . The company added that it will distribute a quarterly cash dividend of United States dollars 0.075 per share.

Victor Wanyama receives praise from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino
The game kicks-off at 3pm on Sunday along with every other match on the final day of the English top flight season. The second season we finished third, but we lost the possibility to win the league against Chelsea with the draw.

Ireland's Sam Bennett wins stage seven of the Giro d'Italia
I was hoping not today and that I would get a little bit more confidence from the race, but there is still time. Bennett is the first Irish victor of a Giro d'Italia stage since Stephen Roche in 1987.

Chris Brown's Team Calls $17 Million Alleged Rape Lawsuit A "Shakedown"
A report from the NY Daily News places Brown in the middle of an alleged rape and assault in Los Angeles a year ago . Doe says the woman was menstruating, and she was horrified to be covered in blood afterward.