Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Sikh actor was kicked off a plane for refusing to remove his turban

Sikh actor barred from boarding plane because of his turban now refusing to fly home until three demands are met.

Waris Ahluwalia, 41, who appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel, was scheduled to fly from Mexico City to New York City Monday morning
  • He was banned from boarding plane for wearing article of faith.
  • Ahluwalia said screeners asked him to remove his turban, but he refused
  • He is now refusing to leave Mexico City airport, asking for three demands
  • Ahluwalia wants an apology from AeroMexico, Sikh awareness training for airport security, and training to screen passengers with religious items
  • AeroMexico spokesperson said in email to Daily Mail airline regretted causing 'any inconvenience'  
  • In 2013, Ahluwalia, who is also a model and jewelry designer, became first Sikh man to appear in ad campaign for GAP 

The Sikh actor and model who said he was barred from boarding an AeroMexico flight on Monday because he was wearing a turban is now refusing to leave Mexico City airport until a list of demands are met.

Waris Ahluwalia, 41 - who has appeared in the Wes Anderson films The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic - says he was stopped trying to board a flight to New York for fashion week.
Ahluwalia wrote on his Instagram account that AeroMexico staff told him he would have to fly a more 'inclusive' airline when he refused to remove the article of faith while going through security.
He has now refused to board another flight until a list of demands - the first being an apology - are met, in an attempt to stop this happening to another Sikh passenger.


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