It is good to see this. It should pass unanimously, and be given vocal public support by everyone. After all, airports endlessly play recorded messages exhorting passengers not to accept parcels from any stranger, not to leave their bags unattended, and to report suspicious behavior. If CAIR and the Flying Imams get away with penalizing people who do so, no one will dare report suspicious activity — and it will be open season on American aircraft for jihad terrorists.
“Hill bill protects flying public,” by Audrey Hudson in the Washington Times, with thanks to Doc Washburn:
House Republicans are pushing legislation to protect airline passengers from lawsuits for reporting suspicious behavior that might be linked to a terrorist attack.
Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican, introduced the Protecting Americans Fighting Terrorism Act of 2007 on Thursday, a week after a lawsuit was filed by a group of Muslim imams who were taken off a US Airways flight in November.
It is “unconscionable” that those who report suspicious activity could be “terrorized in our own court system in our own country,” Mr. Pearce said on the House floor yesterday afternoon.
The lawsuit asserts that the imams were discriminated against by US Airways, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission and “John Doe” passengers to be named later.