Outrage after airport worker jokes about finding bomb in Sikh man’s turban

He said the member of staff was ‘smirking’ when she first made the comment but got ‘very upset’ and went ‘very red’ with...

A humanitarian campaigner was left feeling humiliated when a member of airport security joked about finding a bomb in his turban.

Ravi Singh was confronted by staff on his way back to the UK after helping Yazidi women who were enslaved by ISIS in Iraq.

Despite feeling hurt by the jibe, Mr Singh says education is a much better way forward than punishment.

The founder of Khalsa Aid was changing flights at Vienna International Airport on Friday when he let security staff swab his turban.

He walked through the metal detector without setting it off, but a member of staff then insisted on giving his headdress an additional scan with a handheld device.

When he asked if there was a problem, one of the security workers said: ‘Yes, we found explosives’.

Mr Singh told Metro.co.uk: ‘If I made that comment I would be thrown in jail. I was so upset.’

He said the member of staff was ‘smirking’ when she first made the comment but got ‘very upset’ and went ‘very red’ with embarassment when Mr Singh challenged her.

‘She said “no I will not apologise,” I said “I want an apology now”,’ he added.

He says another member of staff refused to give his name and that he had to go back through security towards the airport’s entrance to make a complaint...

...But Mr Singh forgives the woman who made the remark and has asked airport management if he can sit down to calmly teach her about his faith. He added: ‘I wouldn’t feel good if the person was sacked. You can’t answer hate with hate, it will never work. You will only fuel more hate.’...

...‘Establishments that claim they are not in support of such low-brow, mistaken racial profiling need to do more, specifically when it comes to awareness of the Sikh faith, and airports across Europe would be a great place to start.’ Responding to Ravi on Twitter, a spokesperson for Vienna Airport said they are investigating the incident. They added: ‘We apologize for the incident, this does not match our understanding of customer service.’

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