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Son Of Spy Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:31 AM
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Maybe you'll be profiled

...by other passengers!




In this world where our government and those alled with it
over the course of years, create fear in their peoples by multiple
trumped up charges of terrorism, is it any wonder that those who have been
brainwashed with this fear start taking the law into their own hands?



Mutiny as passengers refuse to fly until Asians are removed


Passengers refuse to allow holiday jet to take off until two Asian men are thrown off plane

By CHRISTOPHER LEAKE and ANDREW CHAPMAN 12:08pm 20th August 2006


British holidaymakers staged an unprecedented mutiny - refusing to allow their flight to take off until two men they feared were terrorists were forcibly removed.

The extraordinary scenes happened after some of the 150 passengers on a Malaga-Manchester flight overheard two men of Asian appearance apparently talking Arabic.

Passengers told cabin crew they feared for their safety and demanded police action. Some stormed off the Monarch Airlines Airbus A320 minutes before it was due to leave the Costa del Sol at 3am. Others waiting for Flight ZB 613 in the departure lounge refused to board it.

The incident fuels the row over airport security following the arrest of more than 20 people allegedly planning the suicide-bombing of transatlantic jets from the UK to America. It comes amid growing demands for passenger-profiling and selective security checks.

It also raised fears that more travellers will take the law into their own hands - effectively conducting their own 'passenger profiles'. More

and


Muslim doctor wants apology from U.S. airline


Last Updated Sat, 19 Aug 2006 20:16:51 EDT
CBC News

A Winnipeg doctor is demanding an official apology and compensation from United Airlines after being kicked off a flight in the U.S. this week, an incident he has characterized as "institutionalized discrimination." Dr. Ahmed Farooq, a Muslim, was escorted off an airplane in Denver on Tuesday. According to Farooq, reciting his evening prayers was interpreted by one passenger as an activity that was suspicious.

Dr. Ahmed Farooq was escorted off a plane in Denver because another passenger found his praying suspicious. (CBC) Dr. Ahmed Farooq was escorted off a plane in Denver because another passenger found his praying suspicious. (CBC)

"The whole situation is just really frustrating," Farooq said. "It makes you uneasy, because you realize you have to essentially watch every single thing you say and do, and it's worse for people who are of colour, who are identifiable as a minority."

Farooq said the allegation came from a passenger who appeared drunk and had previously threatened him during the trip.

When flight personnel were alerted, the 27-year-old radiology resident and two colleagues a man and a woman were taken off their flight. They had been returning from a conference in San Francisco.

Farooq said that even officials from the Transportation Security Administration soon realized the flight crew had overreacted, but by the time that conclusion had been reached the trio were forced to stay in Denver for the night and catch a flight the next day at their own expense. "There's no recourse," Farooq said. "There's no way to really be able to talk to anybody to really be able to reason it out. The police officers who talked to me afterwards and subsequent officials within the first three to five minutes, they were like, 'You know what? The crew made a mistake. We apologize that they took you off. They overreacted.'"
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pooja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:50 AM
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1. Hate replaces fear n/t.
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:01 AM
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2. I wonder if "international" conferences will be held outside of the
US more and more. All the M$M fearmongering could cause further economic hardship beyond what it is doing to the airline industry.
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catabryna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:27 PM
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3. I've noticed this happening off and on...
for the past few years, but none was so noticable as the one I witnessed a couple of weeks ago on a flight home from Omaha. There was a man who might have been of ME (but who knows?) descent who boarded the plane and took his seat a few rows in front of myself and my son. I'll call him man #1. We were already seated when another man took the aisle seat next to us. I'll call him man #2.

Before take-off, Man #1 stood up and reached into his carry-on and pulled out a hard bound book with gold leaf lining the page edges. I suspected it was some sort of religious text, but it was not thick enough to be a typical Christian Bible. Man #2 was watching this whole thing with great intensity, though Man #1 didn't realize it. Man #2 then stands up to, ostensibly, use the lavatory and goes to the front of the plane. Flight attendant tells Man #2 something I couldn't overhear. Man #2 comes back and once again sits himself down in the aisle seat next to us. The whole time Man #2 was walking toward the front, chatting with the flight attendant, and returning to his seat, it was obvious that he was trying to figure out what book Man #1 had in his hand.

I don't know if his curiousity was satisfied or not but, during the entire trip he kept watching this man. I don't think I've ever been so uncomfortable on an airplane in my life; it was obvious that I was watching someone profile another passenger. All I can say is that I was much more interested in the profile of the man that was sitting next to me. This happened two days before the UK bust so recent events wouldn't have put him on a higher state of alert.
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LUHiWY Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:02 AM
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4. ??
Man #2 was an air marshal?
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