Not Saussure

September 4, 2006

Paranoia?

Filed under: Bloody Yanks, civil liberties, Community, Politics, UK, Wingnuts — notsaussure @ 5:56 pm

Via The Vented Spleen :

Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace

Written by Don Feder

A passenger revolt occurred on a Malaga-Manchester flight. Vacationing Brits refused to fly with two Arabic-speaking men. This came in the wake of arrests of 21 British-born Muslims who were plotting to blow upas many as 11 trans-Atlantic flights.A spokesman forBritain’s opposition Tory party said the passengers panicked into ‘behaving irrationally.’Fancy that, not wanting to fly with members of a faith whose adherents keep trying to blow things up. Oh, how irrational!

The airline staff over at the Professional Pilots’ Rumour Network,  PPrune, which is where we find out what they really make of the self-loading freight, or ‘passengers’, have been discussing this, of course.

Suggestions included ‘Perhaps we could have Islamic and Non-Islamic flights? Flying apartheid anyone?” and the rather more moderate and democratic ‘Perhaps they should have a show of hands as each passenger boards the plane?’.

I rather liked this post from a hostie:

I had a similar experience tonight when boarding in Spain. Two British ladies travelling with their young children began complaining about a Muslim (he even has a beard, they said!) pax, who had behaved suspiciously in the terminal and prayed (which – naturally – should be a crime when done at an airport… ).

After some enqueries I found out the pax had all ready complained at the terminal, and the poor Muslim had been checked by security twice – and nothing suspicious had been found.

I tried to explain to the ladies that he was probably just a nervous flyer. After all, I’ve seen probably hundreds of Christians grasping their rosaries or Bibles during flights without offending anybody. Just because they’re Muslim doesn’t make them a terrorist.

The ladies had none of it, and threatened to offload themselves. I basically pointed out the door to them, but turned out it had been an idle threat, more designed to get rid of the poor Muslim.

With little option the ladies settled down and we managed to take off. Shortly after the seatbelt sign had gone off another lady, who sat behind our Muslim “terrorist”, approaches me and told me she was terrified because the Muslim pax was being “weird”.

When I was finally pushing my drinks trolley past this highly suspicious terrorist, I noticed he was in fact sleeping peacefully – and continued to do so the whole flight.

Words paranoid and racist spring to my mind… I do understand people are concerned at a time like this, but surely they should have at least SOME faith in the apt security – even if it’s Spanish (one of the major concerns for the ladies seemed to be, that things were not done the same way as in good old England. Wanted to tell her that the British Empire has collapsed quite a while ago, but self preservation stopped me. Surely the world would be a better place without people like her?)

I guess it was a good thing I DIDN’T tell her our F/O was a Muslim…

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