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Elderly Sikh Passenger Mocked, Filmed On Plane, Labelled 'Bin Laden' In US

Elderly Sikh Passenger Mocked, Filmed On Plane, Labelled 'Bin Laden' In US

Elderly Sikh Passenger Mocked, Filmed On Plane, Labelled 'Bin Laden' In US
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Date

Dec 09, 2015

Country

United States

New York: An elderly Sikh man in the US was filmed while sleeping on a flight by a co-passenger who posted the video online with a title 'Would You Feel Safe' and a description that says "flying with bin laden." Darshan Singh, who was traveling on a Jetblue flight from New York to California in November, didn't exchange words with the man sitting next to him and was surprised when he saw his video online, Sikh advocacy group United Sikhs said. The 39-second video of Singh, a California resident, has been viewed over 83,000 times since it was posted on Youtube on December 9. Singh's 20-year-old daughter informed the group that a video of her father sleeping on the JetBlue flight, recorded by the man sitting next to him, was circulating on the internet, said Manwinder Singh, Director, United Sikhs. "This act of ignorance is the latest in a series of anti-Sikh hostility in the days following the horrific shooting in San Bernardino, California on December 2," he said. Hundreds of people have commented on the video, most of them condemning the person who filmed it. "Sikhs are known to be fearless warriors and ones who are willing to give up their lives for others, so you should feel safe," one person commented on the video.

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