Study of Religions for Airport Security

October 1, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On October 1, 2002 The New York Times reported that "in a classroom session opened up briefly for visiting reporters, Rebecca Berry, a temporary instructor brought in by Lockheed Martin, a contractor, instructed screeners on the meaning of the terms bias, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. She told them that the Sikh religion is one of the world's largest, and that adherents wear turbans, and that removing them in public is a form of humiliation. She also told them that Sikhs carry ceremonial knives called kirpans and may not be aware that they violate Transportation Security Administration rules."