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I will NOT remove my Kara at any Airport {period}

My Kara is like my best friend, it has not left my wrist for more than 2 decades.  It is my 3rd Kara (in this life time).   Now that I think of it, I have know my Kara longer than most of my friends.

I wanted to give you all an update on how often I have removed my Kara at Airport Security since 2001, the answer is ONE (that is one to many times).  I cannot recall when exactly I did it but it was in the last couple of years.  As soon as I took off the Kara and put it in the x-ray machine and walked across the human machine (without a beep), I knew I had done something wrong.

I separated from a part of me to avoid secondary screening.  Now, every time I go through security and the machine beeps, I get asked by TSA agent *fair question btw*:

“Can you take off that bangle?”

to that I always reply:

“No, I will not”

*I am so used it it by now, that when I don’t beep, I wonder if the machine is broken*

I must have flown at least 100+ times since 9/11 and I am happy to report that I have not been asked to remove my Turban, even once.

So, I pledge to myself that going forward, I will not separate my Kara from my wrist.  NOT for Security nor for convenience,


4 thoughts on “I will NOT remove my Kara at any Airport {period}

  1. totally feel the same way.
    I am sure you make it a point to educate each TSA rep as well.
    Many thanks to the SIkh Coalition for making all travels a bit easier.
    As long as I get treated the same way each time I am good. the moment someone changes course i go ballistic.

  2. My current kara went on my wrist at age 13. By the age of 15/16 it wouldn’t even come off any more. I literally CAN’T take my kara off. I have always been treated respectfully by the TSA. Even one time when I forgot to remove my “kirpan” (necklace, but pointed metal object about 3-4 inches long), the TSA guys seemed to know I was a Sikh. The senior guy told the junior guy that I was a Sikh and this was normal. Then he apologized to me and said I can’t go through with it. I ran back to the ticket counter and the ladies there put it in a drawer for me and gave it back to me when I returned some days later.

    Sometimes I feel targeted, but I actually don’t mind as long as they are respectful.

    I was asked once to remove my turban in Europe and I refused. The guy asked me to go to a private room. Then he asked me to just stay there with him for a short while so his supervisor would think I had removed my turban (which I didn’t do).

  3. Same here,my kara was given to me by my grand dad when i was around 16,i’m now 27 since then i haven’t removed grand dad is not in this world so, i have a deep connection with my kara.everytime i’m at airport they ask me to remove it,i refuse to remove it then they ask me to come aside and they do my complete checking i.e removing shoes and everything after they clear me they let me through,i’m so used to it.i can remove it and go through easily at screening but refuse bcoz i think its nothing as compared to what our ancestors have faced at time of mughals

    1. Vir,

      Thanks for sharing this.
      I believe my Kara has been with me since the age of 14. I refuse to remove it, they can do as many scans as they want. I simply state “I am not going to remove it”.
      It is sad to see Sikhs remove the Kara to make their life easy but it is their choice.
      More power to you.

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