Sikh Actor Waris Ahluwalia Wants To Trade Fear For Love And Education
Actor, model and designer Waris Ahluwalia, best known for his roles in Wes Anderson films, was really looking forward to attending NYC fashion week on time. But the popular Sikh actor was barred from boarding his New York-bound Aero Mexico flight on Monday because of on item of clothing he refused to remove for an extensive security check – his turban.
Ahluwalia described the whole frustrating affair via social media to friends and fans in an effort to spread awareness around the issue and to ask for an apology…
“No traveler should be subjected to what I was today.”
Ahluwalia was held back from boarding the plane while the rest of the travelers boarded the 7:15AM flight from Mexico City to NYC.
Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia, well known for his roles in The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Inside Man, told the NY Daily News that he was held behind from boarding the plane as security personnel searched his bag, swabbed him for explosives residue and thoroughly patted him down. While he pleasantly complied with these “annoying” security measures, when they eventually asked that the celebrity remove his turban for inspection, Ahluwalia refused. “That is not something that I would do in public,” he explained. “That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.”
As a result, he was told he woulndn’t be allowed to board the plane. Ahluwalia then asked to be taken to a private screening room, but was also denied this request.
“You will not be flying Aero Mexico,” one of the airline employees told Ahluwalia. “You will need to book another flight.”
Ahluwalia was so upset that he was shaking. “That’s not a nice thing to be told, that you are not allowed to fly on this plane because of something you are wearing, or because of your religious beliefs.”