These imams are demanding all sorts of concessions. It is interesting to note that the orthodox Jews who were removed from a plane in March are not crying victimhood, not claiming racial profiling, not trying to weaken airport security. The contrast is illuminating. An update on this story. “Captain Backs Pilot Who Kicked Muslims Off Plane,” from WSOCTV.com, May 9:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A U.S. Airways Captain defended the actions of another pilot, three days after two imams were kicked off a flight bound for Charlotte.
Lawyers for Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul said the imams were pulled off a plane in Memphis before it headed to Charlotte Friday. The lawyers said the pilot refused to fly with them on board. He said the men passed multiple security clearances before boarding a Delta connection flight operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
The imams said they were victims of racial profiling. On Sunday, Capt. James Ray, who represents the pilot’s union for U.S. Airways, said it’s highly unlikely the pilot asked them to leave for that reason.
“I can promise you the captain didn’t throw those people off because of the way they were dressed. There’s more to the story,” Ray said.
The imams said the pilot told them the passengers were uncomfortable, but no passengers spoke up.
Ray said ultimately, it’s the captain’s call. “The captain operates in an environment that’s always changing. It’s dynamic. You can’t fly an airplane by committee,” he said. […]
The imams were headed to Charlotte for a weekend conference on “islamophobia” – the fear of Islam.
They were put on another flight and arrived a few hours later.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines released a statement and said it apologizes for any inconvenience but it takes security very seriously. The imam’s attorney said his office plans to launch an investigation into the incident. If it turns out the pilot was not justified in putting the imams off the plane, his office will sue for negligence and a violation of civil rights.
Muslim Leaders Address “Islamophobia”
The annual conference in Charlotte was scheduled before Friday’s incident and before the death of Osama bin Laden. Conference organizers said the timing could not have been more coincidental….
Yes, what a remarkable coincidence!