"Discrimination occurs every day from the classrooms to the boardrooms, and for me this was an important issue".
Navdeep Bains, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's minister of innovation, science and economic development, said Thursday he accepted an apology from the TSA for an April 2017 incident at an airport in Detroit where agents asked him to take off his turban, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.
England said that all travelers wearing head coverings may be subjected to additional security screenings to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed beneath the clothing. "I told them that their last answer was causing me a problem". After reading a false positive from a swab, an agent asked Bains to remove his turban, but allowed him to continue to his gate after an alternative check, the minister says. Then he was asked to remove the turban.
Officials with the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security apologized to Canada on behalf of the U.S. government, CNN understands.
"They regretted what they did, they apologized for it, and I accept that apology". "They would never ask me to take off my clothes", Bains was quoted as saying by Guardian.
Bains also observed that he was subjected to similar treatment in Antigua after a family vacation last Christmas.
The agency is now issuing a statement and the US government is apologizing to Canada.
"We regret the screening experience did not meet the expectations of Mr Bains", Transportation Security Authority spokeswoman Michelle Negron told the BBC.
In a statement to CBC, a spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration said it reviewed closed-circuit video of the incident and determined the officer didn't follow standard operating procedures; the officer subsequently received additional training.
While Bains, as a member of federal cabinet, carries a special diplomatic passport, his office said he did not use his status or show the passport until he was asked by a supervisor to confirm his identity. "It is exactly why I ran for office", he said in a statement. But "it was because of who I was [that I was allowed to fly] and that should not be the case", he says, per USA Today.
"So many Canadians can relate to this story because of the challenges that they face themselves", he told reporters in Toronto. "I'm in a very fortunate position to talk about it".
Bains spoke about the incident in an interview with French-language paper La Presse on Thursday, May 10.
"I think most of the time it happens because of lack of awareness, knowledge and understanding", said Kandola, who estimates about 2,000 Sikhs line in Windsor-Essex.