At Detroit Airport, Canadian-Minister asked to remove turban

At Detroit Airport, Canadian-Minister asked to remove turban

Following multiple requests for the Canadian official to remove his turban, Bains "reluctantly" presented his diplomatic passport, after which he was given permission to board his flight.

"I was very frustrated and disappointed that this occurred, but ultimately I was allowed to fly", Bains said on Thursday.

"I never told them who I was, because I wanted to know how things would go for people who are not ministers or lawmakers", he told the newspaper. It doesn't matter what your status is and what your position is, ' he added.

In the Sikh religion men are required to wear the turban.

The incident involving Bains happened in April 2017 when he was traveling through Detroit Metro Airport on his way back to Canada. They finally asked him to undergo special screening despite passing through the metal detector once. He said he had no issues with that. When the machine emitted a warning sound, the officer asked Bains to remove his turban as part of a secondary search.

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

The security personnel then realized he was a Canadian cabinet minister and allowed him to proceed. The US officials said that removing the turban is not part of airport security protocol and have apologized to Bains for the incident.

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"He told me to take off my turban". Then he was asked to remove the turban.

Bains said it's the first time he's been asked to take his turban off while travelling in the US. "Security is important. We cannot compromise on security". "That's not a satisfactory response", Bains was quoted as saying by Guardian.

He added that the security agents were "very insistent and very difficult" throughout the episode.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration and the Department Homeland Security apologized to Canada on behalf of the U.S. government. "I thought that was important for us to support Minister Bains and frankly, to support all Canadians traveling across the border".

The Transportation Security Administration, in a statement released Thursday by assistant press secretary Michelle Negron, said it reviewed security videos and found the officer checking Bains didn't follow procedure and has since received training.

"When possible, passengers may remove non-formfitting headwear before proceeding through the security checkpoint".

"This policy covers all headwear and is not directed at any one particular item or group", he said.

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