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The Sikh Coalition News
November 25, 2019
  • Protect Your Rights Before You Fly This Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2019 (New York, NY) – The Sikh Coalition urges Sikh travelers to know their Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rights during the Thanksgiving holiday season, one of the busiest travel times of the year.

    Before you fly, we urge you to review the Sikh Coalition’s TSA: Know Your Rights Guide, which is vetted by the TSA and is compatible with every updated TSA screening procedure and regulation. The resource is completely free to download and available in English and Punjabi, containing detailed information on airport screening procedures and your rights as a traveler.

    This travel season, we also urge all Sikhs to report if they are denied the opportunity to pat-down their own turbans to resolve alarms. TSA Agents may claim that rules require them to touch your turban or patkas; if this happens, take note of the officer’s name and immediately file a complaint right from your smartphone by using the Sikh Coalition’s FlyRights mobile website (www.fly-rights.org).

    Since 2012, thousands of travelers have visited the FlyRights website, which allowed them to file official complaints with the TSA. Without your reports, other Sikhs traveling may be subjected to incidents of profiling; thanks to your feedback, we can continuously work to identify which airports require further training. The Sikh Coalition remains committed to holding the TSA accountable, both through these continued educational efforts and our broader advocacy, including testimony on Capitol Hill this past June.

    Finally, note that some travelers have reported that they experience less secondary screening with enrollment in the TSA Pre✓® program. Additionally, you can request copies of our “The Sikhs” educational brochures before you travel internationally. This free resource is available in 18 different languages. To get free printed copies of this or any other resource, please email contact@sikhcoalition.org.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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