Since apparently nothing was found on these guys, this one has already become a pretext for CAIR cries of “Islamophobia.” In CAIR’s “American Muslim News Briefs” was an item entitled “AIR: Plane Incidents in Ariz., Mich. Raise Profiling Concerns.” It noted that “in Arizona, two ‘Middle Eastern’ men were removed from a US Airways flight in Phoenix and questioned by the FBI after another passenger overheard the men speaking in a foreign language. The men were questioned and released.” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper says: “While everyone supports robust airline security measures [yeah, surrre — ed.], racial and religious profiling are in fact counterproductive and can lead to a climate of insecurity and fear.”
Here is what Honest Ibe could have and should have said: “Since everyone supports robust airline security measures, we call upon American Muslims to cooperate fully with airline security procedures and to accept being inconvenienced in the effort to prevent another Islamic jihad terror attack.”
Feel free to crib from my work, Ibe.
“TSA: 2 passengers detained after flight to Phoenix,” from AP, December 27 (thanks to all who sent this in):
PHOENIX – Two men thought to have been acting suspicious aboard a flight bound for Phoenix were detained and questioned by federal anti-terrorism authorities before they were released, the FBI said Sunday.
Transportation Security Administration officials said passengers aboard U.S. Airways Flight 192 from Orlando, Fla., on Saturday night reported that two men, described as Middle Eastern, were acting strangely and talking loudly to each other in a foreign language.
A nearby passenger also observed one of men watching what appeared to be footage of a suicide bombing, but was actually a scene from the 2007 movie “The Kingdom.” The man also got up from his seat while the seat belt warning sign was still lit, FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said.
“The totality of those three occurrences led this passenger to believe this was suspicious,” he said….