It’s that time of the year again – In April, the Sikh Coalition will be issuing its First Quarter Report Card on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Our report cards are intended to track how the TSA’s turban screening policy is being implemented at our nation’s airports. If you’ve flown anywhere through the United States in the last 3 months, please tell us about it. The cut-off for first quarter TSA reports is next Tuesday, March 31st, and we need your help!
Why are we still doing this? Because we are trying to see how the TSA is implementing its screening policy on turbans. Since the TSA does not collect its own data about who is being stopped for secondary searches, we are trying to do it instead. The data we collect will help us determine whether Sikhs are disproportionately subject to screenings because of our religious headwear. The only way we can know is if you tell us what happens when you fly!
We are not just focused on cases where the policy is failing – we want to know where it’s working too, so that other airports can follow good examples. That is why we want to hear about your screening experience, whether you were searched or not, and whether it was a positive experience for you or a negative one.
The Sikh Coalition released quarterly report cards throughout 2008, which helped us counter unfair screening practices at some U.S. airports. To see what Sikhs’ experiences were like last year, read our report cards online: