In the years after 9/11, Sikh Americans were subjected to profiling on the basis of their actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity and national origin. The problem was particularly acute for Sikh travelers, who experienced discriminatory TSA screening at American airports. Profiling not only stigmatizes its victims but also makes our nation less safe because it redirects law enforcement resources away from detecting and preventing actual criminal behavior. Sadly, there is currently little that victims can do to hold the government accountable for profiling.
The Sikh Coalition continues to support passage of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). This model legislation would prohibit invidious profiling throughout the United States. In the interim, we are using technology to hold TSA accountable. Our free FlyRights mobile phone app allows travelers to file official complaints of mistreatment and discrimination against TSA from the convenience of their iPhones and Androids. These official complaints are transmitted directly to TSA and help policymakers address problems before they spiral out of control.
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To date, many hundreds of travelers have downloaded FlyRights, and have filed over 700 complaints against the TSA. Because of the persistence of the Sikh Coalition, the incidence of Sikhs being forced to remove their turbans at American airports has been drastically reduced.
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"I have traveled numerous times after that incident and have clearly noticed a shift in TSA practices. I sincerely thank the Sikh Coalition for providing Sikhs a solid legal platform to address religious discrimination."
Daman Deep Singh