American actor Waris Ahluwalia finally went home wearing his turban, and it seems that he is now back to enjoying his time in the U.S.
Ahluwalia posted a thank you message for chef and media personality Mario Batali on Instagram, saying: “@mariobatali + Waris = Wario Thank you for the laughs and an outrageously delicious welcome home dinner.”
Ahluwalia, an actor who appeared on movies such as “Inside Man,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Darjeeling Limited,” was stuck in Mexico early this week. He was barred from boarding his 7:15 Aeromexico flight to New York on Monday, and it was because he refused to remove his turban. He is practicing Sikh and wearing a turban is very important to the culture, so when he was asked to remove it, he refused.
He shared his experience on Instagram, saying: “This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeroMexico flight to NYC because of my turban.”
The actor told New York Daily News that he requested for a private screening. However, the security officials did not grant his request.
“That is not something that I would do in public,” he explained about his refusal to take off his headpiece. “That’s akin to asking someone to take off their clothes.”
The actor learned he was selected for “Secondary Security Screening Selection,” which means to the security personnel that a passenger has been flagged for enhanced pat-downs.
He was eventually allowed to go home, and before the plane take-off, he posted on Instagram a photo of himself with airline pilots and captioned it: “Thank you @aeromexico for understanding the importance of religious and cultural tolerance. I am happy we were able to work together to come up with a resolution.”
Ahluwalia finally landed in New York city on Wednesday afternoon.
Upon arriving home, he thanked everyone on social media for their support and “for continuing the dialogue on tolerance and understanding of all cultures.”