Indian Sikhs Upset With US Over Turban Pat-downs

Sword-brandishing Indian Sikhs rallied in New Delhi today. They were outraged with the new US screening procedures that allow airport employees to patdown turbans.

A Sikh brandishes a sword as he shouts anti-U.S. slogans during a protest in New Delhi August 29, 2007. Dozens of sword-brandishing Sikhs protested on Wednesday against the new headwear (turban) screening procedures put in place by the U.S. transportation security administration earlier this month, an official release said. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

The United Sikh Coalition has written to Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff to protest the policy. The new rules, implemented Aug. 4, allow pat-downs of religious headgear at the screener’s discretion.

Earlier this month a man smuggled a monkey on an airplane under his hat.

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