Jagmeet Singh reveals moment he was detained at airport over his Kirpan

Wolverhampton Man Jagmeet Singh Stopped at Gatwick For Carrying Religious Kirpan

A man who was detained at Gatwick Airport for carrying a religious 'dagger' called a 'Kirpan' has called for more education on why it's important that Sikhs carry one.

Jagmeet Singh was questioned by security staff while waiting for his family, who were on a flight, after a member of the public had reported a man carrying a knife.

Mr Singh, from Wolverhampton, has called for more training for staff after he was detained by airport security staff.

He said: "I can see if there was a concealed weapon of some sort. and someone was acting dodgy in any way, but I'm literally a family man picking up my young family."

The Kirpan is carried by Sikhs as a symbol of faith, however, the airport have said that it is down to managers' discretion on decisions about carrying a Kirpan and blades up to 6cm (2.6in).

Gatwick highlighted Department for Transport guidance which said airport managers had "the discretion to prohibit any article which, in their view might be used or adapted for causing injury or the incapacitation of a person".

It added: "The carriage of blades including kirpans and knives less than 6cm is at the discretion of the airport manager."

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