Second 9/11 Averted In Nick Of Time By Glorious Airport Security

January 2, 2009

From WaPo:

“Officials ordered nine Muslim passengers, including three young children, off an AirTran flight headed to Orlando from Reagan National Airport yesterday afternoon after two other passengers overheard what they thought was a suspicious remark.”

They must’ve done something wrong, right?

“Members of the party, all but one of them U.S.-born citizens who were headed to a religious retreat in Florida, were subsequently cleared for travel by FBI agents who characterized the incident as a misunderstanding, an airport official said.

Kashif Irfan, one of the removed passengers, said the incident began about 1 p.m. after his brother, Atif, and his brother’s wife wondered aloud about the safest place to sit on an airplane.

‘My brother and his wife were discussing some aspect of airport security,’ Irfan said. ‘The only thing my brother said was, “Wow, the jets are right next to my window.” I think they were remarking about safety.'”

This is AMERICA. You can’t have Muslims running around just WONDERING THINGS ALOUD, nevermind things about AIRPLANES! Jeesh!

So what kind of lowlife hoodlums are these people?

“Irfan, 34, is an anesthesiologist. His brother, 29, is a lawyer. Both live in Alexandria with their families, and both were born in Detroit. They were traveling with their wives, Kashif Irfan’s sister-in-law, a friend and Kashif Irfan’s three sons, ages 7, 4 and 2.”

Anesthesiologist and lawyer. How typical. Of course the news makes a big deal of this, but it was probably all cleared up right away, with the airline giving them apologies and free flights for life or something, right?

But the passengers said AirTran refused to rebook them, and they had to pay for seats on another carrier secured with help from the FBI.

AirTran spokesman Tad Hutcheson agreed that the incident amounted to a misunderstanding. But he defended AirTran’s handling of the incident, which he said strictly followed federal rules. And he denied any wrongdoing on the airline’s part.

‘At the end of the day, people got on and made comments they shouldn’t have made on the airplane, and other people heard them,’ Hutcheson said. ‘Other people heard them, misconstrued them. It just so happened these people were of Muslim faith and appearance. It escalated, it got out of hand and everyone took precautions.'”

Look, these people not only of Muslim FAITH, they were of Muslim APPEARANCE. And they said something about an airplane? Sound the alarm.

“…federal officials made the decision to order all 104 passengers from the plane and re-screen them and their luggage before allowing the flight to take off for Orlando — two hours late and without the nine passengers.”

They had to pay out of pocket to go on US Airways.

Hey, who told them to be Muslim, right?

Oh, and btw, for all you Sikhs out there: I understand that you are not Muslim in any way, shape, or form, but you have oriental-looking religious garb that could easily pass for some sort of Muslim stuff to typical American Christians who aren’t drawing any fine distinctions among non-Christians religions, so you should be extra-super-careful at the airport, too.

Or just accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Savior already so we don’t have to have these airport messups anymore!

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