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Why fly U.S. Air?

Nov 30, 2006 Why fly U.S. Air?

On November 22, 2006, six Muslim religious leaders were removed from a U.S. Airways flight — apparently at the direction of the pilot —  and detained and questioned by federal agents for lengths of time up to five to six hours. A U.S. Airways ticketing agent refused to book them on another flight.

Here are two of the imams’ versions of events from Democracy Now.

This all sounds like an ejection and detention for Flying While Muslim. The New York Times reports that "a US Airways spokesman, said the airline was investigating the episode. But he said the crew had acted in accordance with the company’s policy for removing passengers, though he declined to give specifics on the policy."

Until U.S. Airways rights this wrong, I recommend flying other airlines. This is not to say that discriminatory profiling and police abuse does not happen with other airlines. However, the combination of the unfair ejection together with the unlawful and lengthy detention and questioning by police cannot simply be ignored.

Jon Katz.

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