The Flying Imams’ lawsuit was “the latest component in a national campaign to intimidate airlines and government agencies from acting prudently to ensure passenger safety.” In other words, it was a quintessential stealth jihad effort.
“US Airways, others settle lawsuit filed by Muslim clerics,” by Mike Sunnucks for BizJournals.com, October 20 (thanks to James):
A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed by six Muslim clerics against US Airways and other parties after they were removed from a flight between Minneapolis and Phoenix in 2006.
The imams sued US Airways, the FBI and Minnneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Other passengers on the flight had expressed concerned about their behavior, which included asking for seat belt extenders, sitting in seats to which they were not assigned, and saying prayers and having discussions in Arabic.
The clerics were removed from the aircraft, questioned and then released without charges.
The imams filed suit in 2007 in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, claiming they were unlawfully detained. Details of the settlement were not released, but will be presented to the federal court judge who let the case proceed.
“Law enforcement officials did what they believed was appropriate to ensure the safety of travelers based on the information available at the time,” said Tom Anderson, general counsel for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in a statement. “We will continue to be vigilant in maintaining the security of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the safety of travelers who use it.”…