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07-05-2011, 11:11 AM
Ooh, the irony
(CNN) -- An airline is investigating the removal of two imams from a flight headed to North Carolina, ostensibly because passengers felt uncomfortable with their presence of the pair -- both clad in Islamic attire.

The incident occurred Friday on an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight from Tennessee to North Carolina and it involved Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul were wearing traditional Muslim dress, CNN affiliate WCNC reported.


The two -- who hold high religious positions in the Muslim community -- were headed to North Carolina for a conference on prejudice against Muslims, or Islamaphobia. The meeting is sponsored by the North American Imams Federation.

Rahman, who is a professor at the University of Memphis, told the affiliate that the incident reminded him of the prejudice Rosa Parks faced during the civil rights movement.

"That history I found today in that plane, and it shouldn't happen with any other person," he said.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which operated the flight, said the incident is under investigation, and apologized "for any inconvenience that this may have caused."

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the civil rights group Council on American-Islamic Relations, told CNN the two men contacted his office and said they were told that passengers were uncomfortable with them on the flight.

"They went through security, even went through secondary security, and got on the plane, were taxiing out," he said.

But then, they were taxied back, Hooper said.

"TSA came on and pulled them off and said the pilot was refusing to fly with them because passengers were uncomfortable with them," Hooper said, referring to the Transportation Security Administration.

Hooper said officials re-screened them and found they were no threat.

While officials tried to get the men back on the plane, "the pilot absolutely refused and ultimately took off," Hooper said.

The airlines did not say why the two men were taken off the flight, but said they were given the opportunity to fly on a different flight.

"Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight 5452 from Memphis to Charlotte returned to the gate to allow for additional screening of a passenger and the passenger's companion," the statement said. "We take security and safety very seriously, and the event is currently under investigation."

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07-05-2011, 11:42 AM
 
RE: Ooh, the irony
Well, they could always consider it on the job training! Tongue

Really though, it's ridiculous. Given all the security checks everyone on that flight had to endure, to think these two gentlemen could then be a threat is simply everything that our own home grown Theist extremists could hope to have achieved.

Tragic! Truly.Confused Especially the idiocy of the pilot in this matter.


Edit to add:
This is a pretty wild perspective. I didn't know about the Orthodox Jew's incident. How many others read an article related to this? Huh

Orthodox Jews Removed From Flight ...no, wait

Nobody cared when the mere presence of Orthodox Jews caused the lockdown of the cockpit of the plane and Airport police escorted the three Jewish men off the plane last month Not even a mere yawn (and it happens a lot, last January a flight out of NY was diverted to Philly because of Jewish men)) but two imams are escorted off a plane in Tennessee and media (who jokes about these Jewish incidents) is blown-back and the Muslim Brotherhood groups (ie CAIR) are preparing for litigation warfare and a public relations blitz. Oh yes, CAIR is going to give all of America "sensitivity" lessons (while pushing for a Ground Zero mosque on hallowed ground.)

As for these fully garbed imams, the pilot was looking out for his crew and passengers. if six year old girls can can sexually groped by TSA, fully garbed imams can be inconvenienced as well. (Full Article May 7, 2011 @ Atlas Shrugged w/lotsa links. Wink)
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07-05-2011, 02:51 PM
RE: Ooh, the irony
The incident with the Orthodox is unfortunate but somewhat understandable. They did something overt that caused the flight crew to question their actions and to react. That it was a benign, religious activity doesn't change the fact that there was a trigger event. I can understand how that happened (although after it happens once the airlines really need to start briefing their flight crews on this so it doesn't happen again). I don't love it, but I can see how that was an innocent mistake.

However, removing people off a plane because other passengers are uncomfortable with their dress is disgusting. At minimum, it's the word GK used: ridiculous.

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