Singh in airport turban row

2011-03-16 12:54

New Delhi - The coach of Indian golf star Jeev Milkha Singh blasted Italian airport officials for insisting he remove his turban before boarding a flight, comparing it to being ordered to strip in public.

Amritinder Singh was about to fly from Milan to Sicily with the player for this week's European Tour event when he said he was forced to take off his turban for security reasons.

"It is a personal insult as I have travelled all over the world and even though security officials put their detectors around my turban, I have never had to remove it," said Amritinder in a statement.

"For me it is like being asked to strip in public. I also told them that they could look at my passport and see that I am a sportsperson and have never been humiliated like this but they refused to comply.

"I even told them that this is not security but harassment. I belong to a country whose prime minister wears a turban, and I feel that my nation should take up such issues with other countries."

The coach said that Jeev Milkha Singh had told him to stand his ground and refuse to comply with the demand.

"My father wears a turban and I would be horrified if he was told to remove it unnecessarily and unrespectfully in front of hundreds of people," said the player.

Jeev Milkha Singh, 39, is currently ranked 176 in the world and has won three European Tour events - the Volvo Masters and China Open in 2006 and the 2008 Austrian Open.

He also has six victories on the Asian Tour. His Volvo Masters win was at a co-sanctioned event.

Jeev Milkha Singh's father said this was the second such incident to have happened in Italy.

"It is an insult to the Sikh community and we should take it seriously. The entire Sikh community is outraged over the racial profiling," said Milkha Singh, the former Indian Olympic runner.


  • vicj - 2011-03-16 13:03

    They can make a noise now but one day some loony will have some form of explosive/weapon hidden in there.

      Rajty - 2011-03-16 13:14

      And that looney will be justified in doing so- maybe all Italians should be stripped at indian airports, and made to Board the plane naked- after all some looney could have some form of explosive/weapon hidden there.

      expatsa - 2011-03-16 13:20

      thats why they scan people you idiot and should not use racial profile to embarress people whether it be sheiks, muslims, nuns, even the pope .... maybe the looney will be you that will have explosives hidden in your underwear. suppose they will let you through cause you fit the profile.

      jowza - 2011-03-16 13:41

      i think you got a hole in your head

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-16 14:09

      vicj - it's just as easy to stick a dynamite up your @rse... Ain't that the reason for security scanners ?!!!

      Efpee - 2011-03-16 15:17

      And you post your comment here with pride for all to see how stupid you are. Why not crawl back under that rock.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-17 10:58

      Were you dropped as a kid? He clearly points out that they scan the turban, which means there are no bombs in it, dweeb!!!

  • Nice Guy - 2011-03-16 13:22

    I think they should have done a cavity search and made him shave his beard so he can be correctly identified

      jowza - 2011-03-16 13:45

      look at jeev singh again.where do you see a beard?clean your own cavity mb it make you see better

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-16 14:13

      Ahh, F-off...First the Italian women must shave off their beards...

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 15:23

      @Lump of coal - the picture is of the golfer not his coach - his coach is the person who was humiliated!!!!

  • bosegoos - 2011-03-16 13:44

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This has got nothing to do with harrassment. It is just a practical measure which was caused/justified by the actions of some militant Moslems in New York (9/11). If Singh does not like the procedure, he should get a charter flight or a flight on of one of the Asian Airlines.

      JohnnyWotten - 2011-03-16 13:47

      Do what the authorities tell you. Don't question. It is for your own safety. Now pick up that can!

      jowza - 2011-03-16 13:47

      do they ask nuns to remove there headgear?do they ask greek orthodox or jewish holy men to shave their beards?

      CygnusX1 - 2011-03-16 13:58

      Hey Jowza, none of either Nuns, Greek Orthodox of Jewish Holy Men are or were involved in recent terror activities involving planes. Here is a "headline for you" man denied boarding on to a Saudi plane for displaying a cross openly around his neck!

      Will2.0 - 2011-03-16 14:17 you realise that no Sikhs were involved in recent terror activities involving planes either?

      Zee - 2011-03-16 14:46

      Next time a catholic boards a plane check his record to ensure he's not a paedophile. Gotta love racial profiling. Whatever's best for the whiteys hey.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-17 11:02

      The search is not for those entering the airplane, rather those entering the airport. So, even if the airplane is chartered or one of those Asian Airlinese, the procedures are the same. @Cygnus. An American blew the FBI offices in Oklahoma City, so all Americans mustr be stripped. Do you even have a brain?

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-16 13:48

    Aaaah boody hoo! Stop bitching its for your own good! I have to take my jacket shoes and belt off every time I fly and do I bitch?? No! Because Its for my own safety and I'm all for it. Sorry Jeev but no special treament just because your a celebrity!

      jowza - 2011-03-16 13:50

      you fly barefeet?

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-16 14:02

      No! In the special socks they supply for DVT.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-17 11:04

      When you have time to read, do note that this did not involve Jeev, rather his coach. It might help to read the article and apply your mind before commenting. I am sure you wont mind if they ask your wife to remove her bra at the airport. Otherwise, it is for her own good

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-17 17:07

      Well I stand corrected on this one! It appears I have fallen victim to News24 deceptive reporting ie: 'Singh in airport turban row'?? and ofcourse there's a photo of Singh who the story was not really about?? but yes you are right! I never read it properly. As far as removing underware is concerned? I would rather be embarrassed and alive than risk my life for religious reasons. Not all people who fly are prepared to risk or give there lives for their religious beliefs.

  • jowza - 2011-03-16 14:00

    @CygnusX1 .singh is a sikh.they were not involved either

  • DILLIGAF - 2011-03-16 14:18

    Didn't seem to have a problem to remove his head gear to wear a cap as part of his sponsorship deal. I suppose they should have offered to pay him to remove it. If he doesn't like it maybe he should buy his own plane like alot of the other top golfers do.

      Cathy - 2011-03-16 14:56

      It wasn't the player Jeev, it was his coach Amrintinder who was subjected to this.

      matlock - 2011-03-16 15:05

      it was the coach....muppet

      lenand40 - 2011-03-17 11:04

      Read the article, dimwit, before commenting

  • sammy1234 - 2011-03-16 14:45

    Since we have so many people with so many half-baked opinions, it would make sense to "read" the article, it clearly says, "The COACH of of Indian golf star Jeev Milkha Singh...". The fact that Jeev Milkha Singh wears a cap and not a turban is IRRELEVANT!

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 15:28

      I am glad some people can actually read properly, cause so many others here were not able to do so... Well stated sammy1234

  • therone - 2011-03-16 14:50

    Bottom line, no turban when he plays golf so it can't be all that insulting to take it off at an airport. Get over it Singh.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 15:27

      Read the article and the caption under the picture you chop, the picture is of the player, it is his coach who was insulted... get your facts right before commenting, numbnuts...

      Efpee - 2011-03-16 15:28

      Do you know how to read and understand an article? I suggest you join the remedial class.

      B - 2011-03-16 15:55

      therone( the one) who cant read!

      lenand40 - 2011-03-17 11:05

      Read, you IDIOT

  • Michael - 2011-03-17 10:42

    When he's walking around the golf course, coaching, does he still wear his turban? i think not. So he should shut up and follow protocol just like everyone else - the day the twin towers came down, air travel changed for everyone.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-17 11:06

      Coaching is not allowed in the golf course, you bright spark. The player would be disqualified. Yes, air travel changed for some, but not all.

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