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Old 05-07-2011, 09:12 AM   #1
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Two men in Muslim garb kicked off plane bound for NC by nervous passengers/pilot

Land of the free Very embarrassing. I wonder how many of the passengers felt uncomfortable or if was just the result of a stubborn pilot.

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Muslim group: two imams pulled from plane bound for North Carolina

(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 Atlanta 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."

CNN's Rick Martin, Craig Bell and Maria Ebrahimji contributed to this report.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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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.


Land of the free paranoid, home of the brave bigots.
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wow... that's disgraceful... sad times indeed...
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Land of the free paranoid, home of the brave bigots.
Yeah, the irony is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
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Ridiculous.
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Wow. I hope they can sue.

What lengths do they have to go to prove they aren't terrorists?
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Oh dear, oh my.

Almost Onion-esque, honestly. That's just plan terrible.
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People are idiots. I don't think any terrorist would step on a plane dressed like that and call attention to themselves. It's not their MO. Let's face the unfortunate reality that people dressed in Muslim garb are more scrutinized these days.
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wow... that's disgraceful... sad times indeed...

I agree. The two gentlemen went through the same security procedures as every other passenger.

This is true, BoMac. They were judged because of their clothing.
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It is almost made worse by the fact that they were headed to a conference on prejudice against Muslims. Sad times for sure.
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MEN WEARING CLOTHES SIMILAR TO OSAMA BIN LADEN ATTEMPT TO BOARD PLANE



Two Muslim men wearing Bin Laden like clothes tried to board a plane not unlike the ones terrorists drove into the World Trade Center nearly ten years ago.

What city did this take place in on Friday?
1) Islamabad
2) Kandahar
3) Tehran
4) Jakarta
5) Memphis
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Can't be too surprised by the existence of idiot passengers - but the pilots?
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Can't be too surprised by the existence of idiot passengers - but the pilots?

I agree. You would think that the pilots would be more educated than this.
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Land of the free paranoid, home of the brave bigots.
Paranoid bigots? Wouldn't it be nice to have all the details before judging?
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Here's an update of the older story of the Imams at the MSP Airport:

Imams removed from MSP flight settle lawsuit | kare11.com


I really weep for the isolated, paranoid morons of this country.
How bad would they freak out if they flew an airplane in Asia and had the direction of Mecca indicated on the Flight GPS videoscreen?

FFS, broaden your horizons. It's a big, diverse world out there.
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