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The Sikh Coalition News
November 19, 2012

Know Your Rights at the Airport

As the holiday travel season approaches, the Sikh Coalition urges Sikh travelers everywhere to understand their rights as a Sikh Traveler and download FlyRights.

In summary:

  • If a TSA officer wants to conduct a pat down of your turban, you have the option of patting down your own turban rather than having a TSA officer pat it down. Please see our Sikh Traveler Bill of Rights for more details.
  • Sikhs have the right to undergo screening in a private area.

If either of these rights is denied, or if a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer forces you to remove your turban, please inform the Sikh Coalition as soon as possible by filling out a complaint form on FlyRights or online.

The Sikh Coalition is committed to holding the TSA accountable in the cause of promoting smarter screening policies. To this end, please keep us informed about your screening experiences.

Download the FlyRights Mobile App to Know Your Rights and File Official Complaints

To date, FlyRights has been downloaded over 14,000 times and was ranked among the Top 20 Free Travel Apps on Apple’s iTunes and the Top 10 most popular “Travel and Local” apps in the Android market. In addition, the app has been featured in hundreds of media outlets worldwide and continues to receive press coverage. Significantly, over 250 individuals from diverse backgrounds have used the app to file official complaints with the TSA. Are you one of the 14,000 people who downloaded FlyRights? If not, please download and use FlyRights for free here.

The Sikh Coalition continues to oppose TSA policies (including the present search policy) that unfairly target Sikhs for extra scrutiny. The Coalition continues to push the TSA to implement policies that treat all travelers, including Sikhs, fairly.

As always, the Sikh Coalition urges all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly.

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