Target: Aero Mexico Chief Executive Andres Conesa Labastida
Goal: End discrimination by airlines based on religion or race after man was barred from his flight because of his turban.
A man was reportedly barred from boarding an Aero Mexico plane because he would not remove his turban. The world famous actor and designer, Waris Ahluwalia, was flying to New York from Mexico City when he was told he would have to book a flight with another airline because he posed a security threat–or rather, his turban did.
The extra security measures were allegedly “randomly” assigned to Mr. Ahluwalia at the Mexico City airport. However, he says he is often stopped for these “random” screenings because of his appearance. He was allegedly held back until all of the other passengers had boarded the plane. Then, airport security searched his bag, swab checked him for explosives residue and patted him down head to toe.
Waris was completely compliant with the “random” check until he was asked to remove his turban. A turban is headwear cloth or silk bound around the head that, according to Muslim and Sikh religious practices, cannot be removed in public. Asking someone to remove an “article of faith” such as a turban is asking them to act against their religious beliefs.
Waris Ahluwalia’s Instagram hashtag turns this discrimination into a chance to create change through #FearisanOpportunitytoEducate. Help educate Aero Mexico about working with passengers wearing religious headwear and ask Aero Mexico to promise that their airport staff will get better training. Demand an end to Aero Mexico’s religious and racist discrimination.
Dear Mr. Labastida,
A man was not allowed to board an Aero Mexico flight because he would not remove his turban. A turban is a clothing article that, according to Muslim and Sikh religious practices, cannot be removed in public. Why then was Waris Ahluwalia not allowed to board the Aero Mexico flight when he could not remove his turban despite having passed through an allegedly “random” extra security measures?
Asking someone to remove an “article of faith” such as a turban is asking them to act against their religious beliefs. A Catholic nun would not be asked to remove her habit and therefore there should be no difference in treatment toward men wearing Muslim or Sikh headwear. Aero Mexico should promise to train its staff to work impartially with passengers wearing religious headwear. I demand an end to Aero Mexico’s religious and racist discrimination.
[Your name here]
Photo credit: Neilson Barnard