Monday, December 19, 2011

Airline sued over alleged "anti-Muslim discrimination"

If only airlines profiled Muslim males between age 18 and 40, then they may have a case.  As it stands, the final decision for allowing these two men, or anyone for that matter, to board the plane rests entirley on the Captain's shoulders.  Like the Captain of a ship, the head pilot has final say as to the safety of the plane and it's passengers.  The pilot only has to believe the possibility of conflict occuring to kick a pasenger off a flight, but better to be safe than sorry at 35,000 feet.

Back in May I posted the article of these men and their run-in with the law.  This is an update on their battle with the courts over alleged discrimination.

From FOXNews December 19

Muslim Men to Sue Airlines After Allegedly Being Kicked Off Flight

Two Muslim men who say they were kicked off an airplane in May after the pilot objected to their presence are suing Delta Air Lines Inc. and a regional carrier that operated the Delta Connection flight from Memphis to Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to a suit filed Monday in federal court in Memphis, Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul were traveling to Charlotte to attend a conference on anti-Muslim(Islamophobia-Ed) discrimination at the time.

Rahman, who is an adjunct instructor of Arabic at the University of Memphis, has said he was dressed in traditional Indian clothing. Zaghloul, who is a religious leader with the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, was dressed in Arab garb that included traditional headgear.

Knowing the atmosphere surrounding their fellow Muslims who blow things up and murder for Allah, why would they dress in clothing they knew would stir an emotional response?

The two passed through regular security screening and were waiting at the gate to board when they were pulled out of line and subjected to a second security check, according to the suit. They were questioned about their trip and their luggage and belongings were searched before the men were cleared and allowed to board.

Shortly after the plane pulled away from the gate, the pilot announced the aircraft was returning to the terminal. Once there, according to the suit, the men were pulled off the plane, asked more questions and searched again, this time with a "comprehensive body pat down."

Although they were again cleared to board, the pilot refused to allow them back on the plane, the suit claimed. The plane began to depart without the men when an unnamed airline official called it back and it returned to the gate for a second time.

The suit claims the official then boarded the plane and spoke with the pilot, who said he would not allow Rahman and Zaghloul on the plane because their presence could make other passengers uncomfortable.

There it is.  Let's hope the pilots union supports the pilot all the way.

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1 comment:

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