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Two Muslim clerics traveling to a religious conference in the US have been forced to get off a Delta flight because the pilot refused to fly with them onboard.
Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul of the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, were pulled from a connecting flight from Memphis, Tennessee to Charlotte, North Carolina, The Daily Mailreported.
“Its racism and bias because of our religion and appearance and because of misinformation about our religion,” Rahman said. “If they understood Islam, they wouldn’t do this.”
The aircraft had pulled away from the gate when the pilot announced that the plane had to return. The two men, who were wearing tradition Indian and Arabic clothing, were then asked to go back to the boarding gate for “additional screening.”
The two clerics — who had already cleared a Transportation Security Administration check — went through the additional screening only to be told by a Delta supervisor that the pilot was refusing to let them board the plane.
Rahman said they were told that they pilot thought, “some passengers might be uncomfortable” with their presence on the plane. They were booked on another flight later that day.
Jarek Beem, a spokesman for Atlantic Southeast Airlines which operates the Delta Connection flight, said, “We take security and safety very seriously, and the event is currently under investigation.”
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused,” he added.
What a joke, could you imagine the media outcry (and rightly so) if 2 people were forced off a plane for being Jewish, or for being Gay or for being Black or Hispanic - purely because “some passengers might be uncomfortable”?
But these 2 are Muslims, that’s a whole different ball game right, better just hush this up - it’s OK to suspect Muslims, they’re terrorists! Well, apart from that little FBI survey that found 94% of all Terrorist attacks on US soil were not carried out by Muslims. Or that the vast majority of Muslim-Americans reject Terrorism and help the government tackle it. The level of Xenophobia, islamophobic ignorance and downright exaggerated media-instilled paranoia and fear amongst certain people, towards Muslims these days, is just ridiculous.