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Flying Somewhere?

If you are traveling over the holiday season, take along our Guidelines for Sikh Air Travelers, to make sure that your rights are respected.

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New York, NY (November 17, 2007) - Next week, the TSA's new search policy for Sikh turbans will have been in place for a month. Now is the time to go back to the government and let them know how they're doing. To do that, the Sikh Coalition needs to hear from you, the Sikh traveling public, about your experiences in America's airports.

After months of advocacy, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented a new policy for checking turbans on October 27, 2007. Under the current procedure, Sikhs can pat-down our own turbans, instead of allowing someone else to touch our turbans when clearing security in U.S. airports.

Since the new policy went into effect, we've heard that sometimes Sikhs are given the option of the self pat-down, sometimes they have to ask for it, and sometimes they aren't subjected to secondary screenings at all. To continue our fight for Sikh rights, we need you to document your story for us.

The Sikh Coalition is continuing to monitor the situation, and we plan to tell TSA officials about the community's experiences shortly after the upcoming one-month mark. Help us give them an accurate picture of where they need to improve and where things are going well. Tell us about your screening experiences over the Thanksgiving weekend - good or bad - so that we can tell the TSA what you think.

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Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh!


The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works for the realization of civil and human rights for all people. The Coalition serves as a resource on Sikhs and Sikh concerns for government, organizations and individuals. The Sikh Coalition relies on your tax-deductible  financial support to sustain its initiatives and broaden its services. In addition to supporting the Sikh Coalition directly, we encourage you to use matching donation programs offered by many employers. The Sikh Coalition is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. Thank you for your support.