by Weber Drummond a/k/a Jasnam Daya Singh
In the piece below, an Oregon Sikh resident discusses the day he was escorted off an American Airlines flight in handcuffs because of his Sikh appearance.
Some days we don’t forget. For me, that day was November 4, 2010.
I have been traveling for over 30 years. Originally from Brazil, I visit my family and friends at least once a year, and as a musician I travel quite extensively across the United States and Europe to perform. Airports and airplanes are no strangers to me and I’m very familiar with the ways of traveling before and after September 11. Many things have changed, this I know. However, these changes haven’t made a difference in the way I travel. I’ve maintained the same behavior while at the airport and while airborne – one of respect and compliance with the professionals on the ground and on board, and with my fellow passengers.