Sikh aviation sector employees can continue carrying upto 9-inch-long kirpan at airports in India; BCAS removes confusion

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NEW DELHI: Sikhs working at airports in India will continue to be allowed to take a small kirpan with them while going for work at these high security installations. While updating its circulars, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had recently amended an aviation security (AvSec) circular that allows Sikh passengers travelling on domestic flights within India to carry a kirpan — upto 9 inch-long (22.86 cm) with the blade being not more than 6-inch-long (15.24 cm) — on their person. Due to an inadvertent error, it omitted “employees” from the purview of this order.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) raised the issue with the aviation ministry as it restricted amritdhari Sikh employees from wearing their kirpan while working at airports in India. It had sought the withdrawal of the March 4, 2022, order.
“We got representations from Sikh community…

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