Last year an economist was removed from an American Airlines flight for use of weapons of math instruction. The University of Pennsylvania professor was scribbling math equations on a piece of paper. His seat opponent thought it looked Arabic.
The American Airlines crew naturally suspected the man — an Italian named Guido — of being a member of the al-Gebra movement. Algebra has Arabic roots, and of course math is used to make bombs.
Looking ‘Arabic and scary’ will get you kicked off a flight (even if your name is Mark French). Questioning a flight attendant while looking Arabic will get you kicked off, too. Especially if you ask why they won’t allow you to change seats. Terrorists want to change seats, because strategic seat choice is important for terrorism (seatguru is an Al-Qaeda plot).
Lots of Empty Seats on this Southwest Airlines Boeing 737
Now a Muslim man is threatening a lawsuit against Virgin Atlantic saying he was kicked off a flight from London to Atlanta for discussing long lines at airport security. Virgin even refused to refund his ticket price.
Khan said he had been talking to an air stewardess and another passenger while the plane was taxiing on the runway, when the other passenger apparently complained about how long airport security checks take.
‘I totally innocently said “there’s been more security since 9/11”, and then asked the stewardess “I bet your job has changed since 9/11”, but she looked stunned,’
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The man’s lawyer reports he wasn’t even questioned by law enforcement, the ejection was so silly. But he was stuck buying walkup tickets on another airline.
Virgin Atlantic defends the decision saying, “multiple customers and crew reported hearing highly inappropriate comments concerning security.”
They say as well that they’ve now offered a refund, but since they haven’t given it perhaps they’re asking for a waiver of claims in exchange for returning money paid for services they refused to provide.
However what the passenger wants is £5000 plus legal expenses, or else his lawyers say they’ll file suit.
So is it:
- A bad idea to mention 9/11 on a plane if you’re Muslim?
- A bad idea to talk about airport security on a plane, period?
- That we’ve taken our fears too far?