Nine Muslim passengers were kicked off a flight from Washington, D.C., to Florida after other passengers reported hearing a suspicious remark about airplane security. AirTran Airways spokesman Tad Hutcheson called the incident on the New Year's Day flight from Reagan National Airport to Orlando, Fla., a misunderstanding, but defended the company's response. He said the airline followed federal rules and did nothing wrong.Click HERE
One of the Muslim passengers, Kashif Irfan, told The Washington Post the confusion began when his brother was talking about the safest place to sit on an airplane.
"My brother and his wife were discussing some aspect of airport security," Irfan said. "The only thing my brother said was, 'Wow, the jets are right next to my window.'"
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This is a pure case of Racial Profiling! There is no doubt in my mind that these passengers were treated the way they were just because they had the appearance of muslims : the men have beards, the women wear hijab! These days, this might just make you a terrorist! What irks me is that Airtran did not even apologize, they on the hand beleive that the way these passengers were treated was justified. On the top of that, the passengers were not allowed to get back on the plane but were told that they could fly AIRTRAN any other day since they've been cleared by the FBI. Bull Crap! I don't know about you, but I'm done with flying Airtran! I'm not going to support any business that blatantly discrimates against certain groups of people and dares to justify such discrimation! Their excuse is so lame I don't know if I should cry or laugh about it , supposedly these people wanted to sit on the safest place in the airplane. Now, I don't know about Airtran people, but If I really wanted to blow up a plane, why in the world would I want to sit on the safest place in the airplane? And why would I bring my wife and kids?...Collateral damage? I guess next time I go to Reagan Airport, I ought to be more careful, with my hijab on I might just be on the FBI watch list.....my luck!