(Washington, DC) November 16, 2008 - The number's are in. San Francisco International's troubling record of extra scrutiny for Sikh turbans seems to be a problem of the past.
Thanks to the Sikh Coalition's work with the leadership at SFO over the past year, only 1/3 of Sikhs traveling there now being screened for "bulky" headwear - that's down from nearly 100% at the beginning of this year.
At the same time, the Coaliton is receiving reports that more airports than ever are treating searches of Sikh headwear as a mandatory policy. Curious to know who's at the top of our list? Read the Sikh Coalition's third quarter TSA Report Card to find out.
The most recent Sikh Coalition TSA Report Card includes a range of tips and news articles you should know before your next flight. These include:
Third Quarter Reveals Changing Tide at San Francisco Airport
Find out how we worked with the TSA and Congress to bring about this change in implementation.
Screening Sikhs by the Numbers:
Screening complaints from California are down by more than ever.
Rise in Problem Airports:
Which airports do you need to watch out for in coming months?
Is this Standard Procedure?
What is "the policy" anyway?
In addition to patterns of screenings, where have Sikhs reported procedural discrepancies in getting through security?
Room for Improvement:
Recommendations for the TSA to improve the experience of Sikh travelers in dealing with the new policy.
Why Numbers Matter:
How your reports make a difference.
And keep your reports coming! Your stories about airport screenings - good or bad - are what made the change at SFO possible. Help us keep up this work by telling us what happens every time you fly!