"I told them that their last answer was causing me a problem".
"I'd indicated that I had followed all the security processes and procedures and then, at that moment, when senior airport officials asked for my identification, they came to the realization of my particular position".
"Ultimately, from my point of view, this is about the fact that discrimination really knows no borders", Bains said Thursday in a phone interview from Toronto. "We can't compromise on security", he told La Presse.
"I went through all the security checks without revealing my identity as a minister", he told La Presse. But, by knowing my diplomatic status, you tell me that everything is correct? That's not a satisfactory response, ' he said.
He added that the security agents were "very insistent and very difficult" throughout the episode.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said separately from Washington that her department spoke with US officials about the situation and "expressed Canada's perspective".
"I've actually had it in Canada", Sajjan said, noting that it's not an issue exclusive to the USA and that he's gone through the US system smoothly.
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"The officer subsequently received additional training", the government agency said.
"We regret the screening experience did not meet the expectations of Mr. Bains", England wrote in an email.
But England said security does have the right to search headwear.
When he appeared at his scheduled gate, a second security agent approached him, requesting Bains return to the security checkpoint - and again telling him to remove his head-covering.
In 2007, the United States issued Sikh Air Travelers' Bill of Rights, stipulating that Sikhs have the right to wear turbans and religious scarves during security screenings in USA airports, as well as the right not to remove their head-covering in public. The practice "asserts a public commitment to maintaining the values and ethics of the tradition, including service, compassion, and honesty", according to the Sikh Coalition, an advocacy organization. In the Sikh religion, the turban is a mandatory piece of clothing.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains is a devout Sikh. "Profiling not only stigmatizes communities, but it also makes our nation less safe because it redirects resources away from detecting and preventing actual criminal behavior".