Every now and then, you must have read reports about the uber strict security checks in Western countries, especially for those with brown skin. And if you are an Indian, there’s no way you wouldn’t have read about how the country’s most favourite actor Shah Rukh Khan has been stopped at the United States airport at least four times, the most recent being August 2016. Comedian Jasmeet Singh, aka Jus Reign, also highlighted how his turban became a problem for officials at the San Francisco airport and he had to walk across the terminal without his turban which, in fact, is a big deal for Sikhs.
Pointing out the trauma and exhaustive check brown-skinned people have to go through at airports in the US, comedian Aasif Mandvi shared a ‘non-white’ safety guide before flying, and it’s hilarious. In a Huffington Post video, part of a series titled “Celebs Have Issues” where popular people use humour to talk about important issues, Mandvi narrated how brown people should travel.
In a sarcastic tone, he says, “do not speak Arabic, come at least 8-10 hours prior to the flight because the extra screening will eat up all your time, travelling with kids can mean a lot more time, don’t wear suspicious clothing, including scarves or mufflers.”
The video has gone viral on social media and people are flooding the comments section with their experiences. “To me, it’s not not even offensive anymore. I just laugh at when I get “randomly selected”, wrote a user. “I used to get picked on a lot in Miami International airport just because I am Colombian. The funniest thing about it, is that it was the Latino officers that gave me a hard time,” wrote another.
Check out the video here.
Now that Donald Trump, who has voiced his opinion against minorities and refugees, is the US President-elect, this video might actually come in handy.