We have yet to hear the pilot’s side of the story, but this situation smells bad for several reasons, not least of which is the curious coincidence of the imams’ travel plans to a conference on the concocted phenomenon of “Islamophobia.” We have seen provocative behavior by “flying imams” before, as well. And in any event, the imams ought to understand this before claiming victimhood: Even as the air security apparatus bends over backwards to avoid the appearance of any special focus on one particular group, the single most serious terrorist threat at home and abroad to the United States is from jihadists. And we know well their preference for the drama and massive disruption that targeting air travel provides them. Hence the scrutiny.
They have already gotten an apology from the airline, and the TSA will busily continue its work screening wheelchair-bound nuns.
“Muslim group: two imams pulled from plane bound for North Carolina,” from CNN, May 7:
(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 Atlantic 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.”…