Sikh-American actor and designer—and one of the coolest fashion people around town—Waris Ahluwalia was barred from boarding his Aeromexico flight to New York from Mexico because he refused to remove his turban during a security check. He was detained for more than 12 hours at the airport too.
Speaking to NY Daily News, he said that while he complied with the security personnel he drew the line when they asked him to remove his turban. In the interview, he explained, "That is not something that I would do in public...that's akin to asking someone to take off their clothes."
Waris documented his detention at the Mexico airport on Instagram:
In a statement, Aeromexico clarified that Waris Ahluwalia "was asked to submit to screening and inspection before boarding, in strict compliance with TSA protocol." They had even offered to fly him back to New York after the incident.
Though the airline hasn't apologized for this, they have said in their statement that they regret any inconvenience caused by it!
Waris Ahluwalia has appeared in popular movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Darjeeling Limited and Life Aquatic, to name a few and owns a successful jewelry brand in New York, House of Waris.