Six Muslim imams were removed from a US Airways flight at Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport on Monday and questioned by police for several hours before being released, a leader of the group said.
The TSA and the Dept of Homeland Stupidity is bound to screw this one up.Â Conyers and Pelosi are probably having fits over their campaign supporters being profiled.
I wonder if IslamicÂ Liberal Democratic Congressman Elect Keith Ellison was expecting Dinner guests for Thanksgiving?
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned that federal investigators and airport police are questioning six Middle Eastern men who had to be escorted off of a plane Monday afternoon at Minneapolis/St. Paul International.
U.S. Airway officials tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Aviation Expert Bob McNaney that Monday while Flight 300 was preparing to take off from Minneapolis to Phoenix, a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant saying they noticed â€˜suspicious behavior,â€™ among the men.
The men would not get off the plane when asked, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned, and had to be removed by police.
Detroit and Minneapolis at the same time. coincidence?Â If they were taken off at Minneapolis, I wonder if they got one of the St Paul International Sharia Cabs to the police station.
We’ll stop profiling against Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent just as soon as they prove a refusal to blow up buildings, kamikaze planes into landmarks, beat and abuse women, engage in human shield tactics, disrespect other nations’ soverignity, and ignore instructions from flight officials. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.Â Just because TSA can’t profile them,does not mean we can’t profile them.
One of these days, the TSA may actually take some Islamic Terrorists off the plane who are then actually found to be guilty. Law of averages.
UPDATE: 12:45 pm
(AP)Â The Council on American-Islamic Relations called Tuesday for an investigation into the behavior of airline staff and airport security in the removal of six Muslim scholars from a US Airways flight a day earlier.
A passenger raised concerns about the imams â€” three of whom said their normal evening prayers in the airport terminal before boarding the Phoenix-bound plane, according to one â€” through a note passed to a flight attendant, according to Andrea Rader, a spokeswoman for US Airways.
â€œWe are concerned that crew members, passengers and security personnel may have succumbed to fear and prejudice based on stereotyping of Muslims and Islam,â€ Nihad Awad, the councilâ€™s executive director, said in a news release.
The six were returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation, said Omar Shahin of Phoenix, president of the group. â€œThey took us off the plane, humiliated us in a very disrespectful way,â€ Shahin said after the incident.
Shahin said Tuesday that three members of the group prayed in the terminal before the six boarded the plane. They entered individually, except for one member who is blind and needed to be guided, Shahin said. Once on the plane, the six did not sit together, he said. …
Police were called after the captain and airport security workers asked the men to leave the plane and the men refused, Rader said. Shahin said no one asked the six to leave until police arrived, when the group complied.
â€œUnfortunately, this is a growing problem of singling out Muslims or people perceived to be Muslims at airports, and itâ€™s one that weâ€™ve been addressing for some time,â€ council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.
Hooper said the meeting drew about 150 imams from all over the country, and that those attending included Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who just became the first Muslim elected to Congress. Shahin said they went as far as notifying police and the FBI about their meeting in advance.
Shahin expressed frustration that â€” despite extensive efforts by him and other Muslim leaders since even before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks â€” so many Americans know so little about Islam. â€œIf up to now they donâ€™t know about prayers, this is a real problem,â€ he said.