Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Group Charges SFO Targets Sikhs For Turban Searches

The Sikh Coalition says that San Francisco's International Airport is profiling Sikhs for searches. According to yesterday's Contra Costa Times, the group charges that since a Transportation Safety Authority policy change last October (see prior posting), screeners in San Francisco are now routinely searching tubans of Sikh travelers. Apparently San Franciso airport security personnel are interpreting the policy regarding search of turbans differently than are security workers at other airports. As a result, some Sikhs now choolse alternative airports in the area for their flights.