NEW YORK, NY - Designer Waris Ahluwalia,took to Instagram on Feb 8 to say that he’d been barred from boarding a flight because of his turban. Ahluwalia, who had been on a trip to Mexico, took a photo of himself and his boarding pass for an Aeroméxico flight back to NYC, explaining in a caption that he’d been prohibited from boarding. Ahluwalia,notably the first Sikh to star in a Gap ad told New York Daily News.
When airline personnel asked him to remove his turban, he said, “That is not something that I would do in public. That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.” The actor told security that he would not remove his turban without going into a private screening room, to which he was told, “You will not be flying Aero Mexico. You will need to book another flight.” As Ahluwalia waited for another flight, he told the media that “The only thing that I have right now is maybe the ability to reach some people and make a change.”