Archive for Airplane Security

Muslim Leaders Kicked Off Flight

Posted in Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2011 by loonwatch

Reportedly, they were heading to an Islamophobia conference.

Muslim Leaders Kicked Off Flight

By RANDALL DICKERSON

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two Muslim religious leaders say they were removed from a commercial airliner in Memphis on Friday and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.

Masudur Rahman, who is also an adjunct instructor of Arabic at the University of Memphis, said by telephone from the terminal at Memphis International Airport that he and another imam had already been allowed to board their Delta Connection flight to Charlotte, N.C., before they were asked to de-board.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen in Atlanta confirmed the incident and said it was not initiated by that agency.

A Delta Air Lines spokeswoman said the flight was operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which is also based in Atlanta. ASA didn’t immediately respond to telephone calls seeking comment.

Rahman said he was dressed in traditional Indian clothing and his traveling companion was dressed in Arab garb, including traditional headgear.

Rahman said he and Mohamed Zaghloul, of the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, were cleared by security agents and boarded the plane for an 8:40 a.m. departure.

The aircraft pulled away from the gate, but the pilot then announced the plane must return, Rahman said. When it did, the imams were asked to go back to the boarding gate where Rahman said they were told the pilot was refusing to accept them because some other passengers could be uncomfortable.

Rahman said Delta officials talked with the pilot for more than a half-hour, but he still refused.

The men were taken to a lounge and booked on a later flight.

They called the Council on Islamic-American Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in Washington, D.C.

“It’s racism and bias because of our religion and appearance and because of misinformation about our religion.” Rahman said. “If they understood Islam, they wouldn’t do this.”

He said a Delta manager apologized for the pilot’s actions, but that he and Zaghloul never spoke directly with the pilot.

Ibrahim Hooper, of the Islamic-American organization, said the group will follow up with the airline and with the TSA to help ensure such incidents do not continue to occur.

Hooper said airline officials at Memphis tried to resolve the situation, but the pilot refused.

Ann Coulter: “Terrorists look alike…all foreign…all Muslim”

Posted in Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by loonwatch

Ann Coulter advocates profiling Mooslim looking people

http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/flash/player.swf

Hmmmm…are terrorists all foreign looking?

 

Islamophobia Round up from the Past Few Days

Posted in Loon Blogs, Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by loonwatch

Robert SpencerPamela Geller and whole gang of Islamophobes love to blame Muslims for Hate Crimes. Their strategy is to either deny it exists or ever happened, to say Muslims did it to themselves, or to say that it is insignificant.

Well here is some more “non-existing” Islamophobia from the past week:

More Bottles filled with Nails thrown at Huntingon Mosque in Long Island

(Long Island Press)

By Timothy Bolger on October 26th, 2010

Suffolk County police are investigating the second incident in less than a week where a jar of nails was thrown onto the driveway of a Huntington mosque.

Shards of glass and nails were found outside the Masjid Noor mosque at about 7:45 p.m. Monday. No other damage to the property, nor injuries, were reported.

A similar incident involving a jar of nails occurred last Wednesday.

Hate Crimes Unit detectives ask anyone with information about this criminal tampering to contact them at 631-852-6323 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

With Associated Press.

It also seems like the Juan Williams affair is having an impact.

Family in Muslim clothing ejected from flight at Memphis International

By Jason Miles – bioemail

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – Comments about seeing people on a plane who appear to be Muslim got National Public Radio analyst Juan Williams fired last week.

Some cannot help but think their appearance had something to do with a family’s removal from a plane Tuesday morning at Memphis International Airport.

“My understanding is they were dressed in attire that would indicate some Muslim-type religion,” said airport vice-president Scott Brockman.

The Delta flight in question was operated by Comair and made a stop in Memphis on a journey from Dallas to Toronto.

“On taxi, the crew became concerned when a passenger exited the lavatory after an extended period of time and damage was found in the lavatory,” said a Comair spokesperson in a written statement.

Action News 5 learned that damage was to a toilet which was found slightly askew after the man of the family used it.

“The family was asked to leave the aircraft, which they did peacefully,” said Brockman.  “At that point, the aircraft was inspected and cleared,” he added.

Aslo there are no shortages of attacks on Muslims. Two Muslim women were attacked at a gas station in Washington State.

Hate crime charges filed in attack on Muslim women

A Burien woman has been charged with a hate crime for physically and verbally assaulting two Muslim women at a Tukwila gas station last weekend.

The incident occurred at a Tukwila AM/PM gas station on Saturday evening when, according a charging documents, 37-year-old Jennifer Leigh Jennings accosted two Muslim women, calling them “terrorists” and “suicide bombers” before physically attacking them.

The victims, who do not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, are both of Somali decent and were wearing traditional Muslim attire.

At the press conference, both victims said they are now afraid to leave their homes or show their faces in the community. Both are U.S. citizens and both called the incident “un-American.”

Jennings, who is also known as Jennifer Leigh Adams, was charged today with two counts malicious harassment, the state’s hate crime statute, for using the victims’ “race, ancestry, and nation of origin” as reason for the attack, prosecutors said.

The attack occurred as victims were trying to pump gas at the station after paying the clerk, but the pump had not been activated.

According to court documents, Jennings saw the pair trying to fill their gas tank and told the victims they should “go back to your country” after calling them “suicide bombers.”

One of the victims described how the incident began.

“A lady on the other side (of the gas station) drives up and starts verbally assaulting me,” she said. ”She’s calling me a suicide bomber, a terrorist. She’s saying, ‘What are you doing here? Are you trying to bomb our gas stations? Our country?’”

Police said the victims did not respond to Jennings’ taunts, but when one of the two went back in the store to get the clerk to activate the pump, Jennings slammed their car door on the legs of the other victim.

The woman then got out of the car and Jennings kicked her, according to police.

The attack shook both victims to the bone, and they hope it opens people’s eyes about the seriousness of hate crimes.

“As Muslims, we’re human beings and we deserve the same respect as everybody else,” one victim said. ”This country is a melting pot and there’s so many diverse people, I think we should all respect each other and (each other’s) space.”

Jennings was arrested arrested the scene and while being transported to jail told a police officer “Ya, I shouldn’t of called them sand (expletive) or other stuff like that.”