There's a recent news report about a pastor and a priest who were removed from a plane because the other passengers were uncomfortable with having them on the flight. They were both wearing what would be considered traditional garb associated with their religion or culture. Both had passed through security--even secondary security, whatever that is--and were allowed to board.
After the plane pulled away from the gate the pilot announced they were going back. Both men were removed from the aircraft and returned to the boarding area where they were informed of the pilot's decision. The pilot could not be convinced to allow the two men back on the plane and departed without them. They ended up catching different flights to their destination.
What would make passengers so uncomfortable with two of their fellow travelers dressed in a manner that identifies who they are that the pilot would have them removed from the plane? Should people be removed simply because they're dressed in such a manner? Was the pilot right to do this? How many complaining passengers does it take to trigger such an action? Can you imagine being removed from a plane under such circumstances? How would you feel? Can you think of an explanation would satisfy you that the pilot's action was the right thing to do?
If you check out the real story you'll find it was not a pastor and a priest but two Muslim religious leaders who live in Memphis.
Your sense of outrage didn't just fade, did it?
Since we're on the subject of clothing being associated with terrorism, may I ask if you would fear this man?
He certainly looks like someone who would be involved in a suicide attack, doesn't he? I see people dressed like him at airports all the time.
Eric Lindell at the Narrows in Fall River MA.
5 hours ago