Wow. What a news day. And to top it off - a story about how several people were escorted off a plane, because they...well, they didn't do anything illegal, but they looked like foreigners. The worst kind of foreigner I guess, the ARAB (music blast here) kind. Not like those friendly, camera wielding Asians, or brightly dressed comfort-shoed Germans.
American Airlines took them off and won't sell them tickets. AND the airline defends their flight crew, appearently standing up proudly for prejudice and intolerance. I'm sure the company executives would have stood up proudly if they had buses in the south in the 1940's when drivers refused to allow 'blacks' to sit in the front. American Airlines proudly stands for all kinds of companies that want the right to discriminate. From now on, McDoanlds can refuse to serve woman. And 'minorities (well, that would be whites if you are in LA county - but never mind that) will have to be frisked each-time they enter a mall. I salute you American Airlines. Proving ocne again that this country is all about fear and prejudice- screw democracy and justice. Fly proudly and beware, I'm sure the next time a terrorist wants to attack a plane they will dress in robes and head-wraps and yes, they may even ask for a seatbelt extender.
From the story:
"The men said the arrest was degrading and a violation of their civil rights, and the event provoked outrage from several minority groups. At a news conference Tuesday morning, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the government must work to protect the civil liberties of every citizen.
In a statement regarding the incident, US Airways defended the flight crew.
"Our position on this matter has not changed," it said. "We continue to back the actions of our crew and ground employees."
Read the full story: WASHINGTON (Reuters) via CNN Online