Lord Crimson

Wisdom from the Realm

Everyone’s A Victim

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Everyone these days trades freedom for safety if they want to fly the not-so-friendly skies. However, I’m not sure taking off a hat during a security check falls under more than a minor inconvenience, unless you happen to be a Sikh. In case you wondered the most distinctive feature of a Sikh is that they wear a turban. As I have recently discovered, there’s even a National Sikh Coalition.

Prablyit Singh, a Sikh who wears his turban as part of his religion, was stopped recently when he flew out of his home airport in Washington D.C. He objected to having his turban patted down after he had passed the metal detector, and says TSA agents gave him a hard time.

“What I had to go through was not only humiliating, but a demeaning situation to get onto this flight,” Singh says.

Singh finally agreed to the pat down, but as is required by his religion, asked it be done in private.

The National Sikh Coalition headquartered in New York believes this is racial profiling because agents seem to believe all turbans should be searched. This is hardly likely since all other passengers with hats were being searched during the security check. Under present circumstances, not to check Singh’s turban would fall more in line with special treatment and danger to other passengers than racial profiling.

The obsession with hats by the TSA comes after the national embarrassment of a monkey getting through Transportation Security Administration agents under a man’s hat and ending up on a plane departing Peru and bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and then onto another plane bound for New York City on Aug. 8, officials decided to make changes in policies regarding hats.

Ok, I admit that I don’t like what airports have become. They are absolutely tyrannous and a place were the customer is never right. You pay for the privilege to be humiliated with gestapo style tactics for a trip that could end abruptly as a fireball hurtling from the sky.

If Singh would like to complain, which I think he has every right, then complain to the people that are to blame. Since hijackers are 99.9% Muslim, perhaps he should take out his personal grievances with them. CAIR probably handles hat and turban issues next to the shoe complaint section.

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Written by Lord Crimson

August 30, 2007 at 4:10 pm

4 Responses

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  1. TSA gave him a hard time because he complained. They’re overworked and when someone slows down the process they get pissy.

    Turbans, hats, headscarves, whatever – you can fit things in them so they must be checked.

    jonolan

    August 30, 2007 at 4:25 pm

  2. Hi jonolan

    It’s not like Mr. Singh didn’t know that the TSA was going to search. If potential hijackers know that turbans won’t be checked then what better way to smuggle weapons on board.

    If the TSA were embarrassed by the monkey incident, you can imagine what would be in store if a little C4 made it’s way on board inside a turban.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    August 30, 2007 at 5:07 pm

  3. You know what, if the guy protests this much, he probably has something to hide. He’d be better off just letting it go and keeping his trap shut. If I was airport security, that kind of behavior would make me all the more determined to search him. Racial profiling my eye. Those people need to get a life.

    washedandforgiven

    August 30, 2007 at 7:23 pm

  4. Hi washedandforgiven

    Yep, if you don’t check everyone then what’s the point. The old racial profiling dodge is getting a bit old considering the consequences of a security failure.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    August 30, 2007 at 8:43 pm


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