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Old 05-07-2011, 06:13 PM
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Muslim scholars pulled from Delta plane in Memphis

Sat May 7, 2:07 pm ET

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two Muslim scholars headed to a conference on American fears of Islam were pulled from a morning flight on Friday, and were later told that the pilot had refused to fly with them aboard.

Masudur Rahman, a professor of Arabic at the University of Memphis, and Mohamed Zaghloul, Imam at the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, were asked to deplane Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight 5452 from Memphis to Charlotte. They were subjected to additional security checks after the plane had pushed back from the gate, Rahman told Reuters by telephone.

After additional screening, the two men were cleared by Delta representatives to re-board the plane, but were then told the pilot would not take them, Rahman said.

Rahman said both men had been cleared for check-in and boarding by airline and Transportation Security Administration officials during normal pre-flight procedures.

According to a TSA spokesman, the decision to remove the two passengers was made by the airline.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a regional partner operating as a Delta Connection, apologized for any inconvenience caused, but offered no further explanation.

The flight "returned to the gate to allow for additional screening of a passenger and the passenger's companion. We take security and safety very seriously, and the event is currently under investigation," an airline statement said.

The two men were headed to a North American Imams conference where they were scheduled to lead prayers. This year's conference is discussing Islamophobia or fears of Islam and discrimination against American Muslims.

Since the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan last week, U.S. government officials have warned that al Qaeda may attempt retaliatory attacks.

Rahman said Delta officials told them it was not passengers who were uncomfortable with the men's presence, but the pilot.

Given the men had been cleared by security, the pilot may not understand Muslim culture, the Islam religion or how they typically dress with their body fully covered, said Rahman.

"People are losing freedom," he said of the incident, which he said happens to other Muslim men and women traveling together.

Rahman and Zaghloul arrived nine hours late to the conference, he said.
(Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Greg McCune)

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I would like to see the link to this!!!
EDIT...Got it, thanks!
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That incident has been headline news here in the Bay Area. Their biggest gripe is that they were put through the security process twice and still not let on the plane.
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I don't have much sympathy for them.
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I have zero sympathy for them, if the captain wasn't comfortable with them and he is responsible for his passengers safety then it's his decision to make and should not be second guessed period!!
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Sorry but they only have their muslim brothers to blame.
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Well, I guess I might feel just a little safer if I thought they were on the lookout for the hijackers that aren't boarding the plane wearing ski masks, as well as the ones that are.
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CAIR and the DOJ will be on this like a sledgehammer The pilot will be lucky if he can get a gig as a bush pilot in AK
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post

..........the two men were cleared by Delta representatives to re-board the plane, but were then told the pilot would not take them, Rahman said.

Bravo.


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...... the pilot may not understand Muslim culture, the Islam religion .........


OTOH, maybe he does.
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Originally Posted by Marlin009 View Post
Bravo.




OTOH, maybe he does.
He should have let the passengers line up on the jet bridge and let them have the option of kicking them in the nuts or rear as they departed.
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the world is what it is
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Or is it?
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I'd give the pilot a Big THUMBS UP! We should have the right to deny service to anyone!!!

oh by the way any of you Muslims that would like to charter fish with me.. NO THANKS besides it would probably end up a one way trip!

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We are flying to Tampa from BWI this morning.
Wish me luck.


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I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I wish they would all go back home.
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I salute the pilot......he fully understands that muslims hide behind women and children (but only if they haven't strapped bombs to them). THEY caused this, not us. THEY took away our treasured freedom to be essentially carefree on our home ground.

Sympathy? Not a chance.......
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The pilot will probably lose his job ... and the "scholars" will win a discrimination lawsuit. Maybe the title should read "Windfall for Muslim Scholars"!
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No way, that's just not right. Here's a happy compromise...










Kick 'em off the plane mid-flight.
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Tough group here.
I guess you all raised your children to hate Jews and have the blacks sit in the back of the bus too (or bus them across town)?

I think ya'll lose sight of the fact the we're going after Islamic extremist sectors....not the entire Islamic/Muslim population.

While I can appreciate the fact that we're all on edge, why not take a few minutes to learn a little bit about why you're so hateful towards an ENTIRE populace of the world.
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Originally Posted by KismetLRC View Post
Tough group here.
I guess you all raised your children to hate Jews and have the blacks sit in the back of the bus too (or bus them across town)?

I think ya'll lose sight of the fact the we're going after Islamic extremist sectors....not the entire Islamic/Muslim population.

While I can appreciate the fact that we're all on edge, why not take a few minutes to learn a little bit about why you're so hateful towards an ENTIRE populace of the world.
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