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08/20/2006 08:47 PM ID: 56421 Permalink   

Arabic Speakers Removed from British Flight


Two men were removed from Wednesday's flight ZB 613 that was due to arrive at Heathrow airport from Malaga, the reason being they were acting suspiciously and speaking Arabic. Spanish officers boarded the plane and removed the men after 20 minutes.

The incident started when some passengers refused to board the plane.
"They went to the front of the queue, went to the back of the queue, and then they went and sat down by themselves" said one of the passengers.

The remaining passengers were removed as the luggage was swept for explosives. David Reynolds, of the British Airline Pilots Association said "Clearly, we can't have a situation where one passenger decides that another passenger isn't going to fly."

    WebReporter: political exorcism Show Calling Card    
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
first post, any criticism is welcome as to how i can imporve
  by: political exorcism   08/20/2006 08:52 PM     
  @ Political Exorcism  
Looks fantastic...and it's quite an interesting and current social issue.
Nice Job!

Cheers ;)
  by: Quantum1.5     08/20/2006 09:11 PM     
  good to hear...  
the terrorists are still winning.

and western society is none the wiser.
  by: HAVOC666     08/20/2006 09:33 PM     
this happend in spain? idiot..
  by: maccheese   08/20/2006 10:10 PM     
  Well, ever since their trains got blown up  
they have become a bit sensitive.
  by: walter3ca   08/20/2006 10:35 PM     
is that because TERRORISTS only attack america is it?
  by: political exorcism   08/20/2006 10:58 PM     
  As an arabic speaker  
i shall never open my mouth in the west!
and as an english speaker, i shall neer open my mouth in the east!
AND as a spanish speaker i shall never open my mouth near th mexican border.
AND as a greek speaker, i shall never open my mouth in turkey!
anyone knows how hard is it to learn sign language??
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/20/2006 11:11 PM     
  the solution is simple  
they need to rewrite judeo-christian teachings and
start promoting suicide. then we'll have a
proportionate number of lunatics on both sides, and
we can be equally suspicious of everyone! :D </
  by: pixx   08/20/2006 11:15 PM     
  i remember  
feeling like this one time.

the guy wasn't arabic. but my mother pointed him out and i started watching him. he was just standing by a wall, with an incredibly nervous look on his face... he was sweating, and looking around constantly, checking his watch. and he was getting on my plane.

just kind of freaked me out because if he was up to something, i would be stranded in the middle of the sky.
  by: hamstertube   08/21/2006 02:02 AM     
  Good Article  
Great for a first job, I completely agree with Quantum1.5. I don't think that just because the two men were speaking Arabic was reason enough to remove them from a flight. With that said, any suspicious activities should be investigated further, sadly due to the terrorist attacks. So yes, the terrorists may be winning now, but in a few years maybe they'll realize that we're not giving up. I hope this will help prevent any further attacks in the US, UK, or anywhere for that matter, because terrorism is never warranted.
  by: NicPre     08/21/2006 02:40 AM     
  Great Article  
Well done PE.

I agree, the terrorists are definately winning. As far as looking nervous on a plane (or at the terminal), flying these days is fairly stressful, I'd be bloody nervous too. Not due to terrorists though, more because I'd be worried that 'security' would screw up or that somehow my name would be 'similar' to some terrorist suspect somewhere. I would imagine that it would much more stressful for anyone of middle-eastern descent though, since the presumption these days is that you are guilty until proven innocent.
  by: StarShadow     08/21/2006 03:37 AM     
  im not afraid  
i would rather have terrorism then lost civil rights as a result of it.. although my rights are still the same? well if i am losing rights then lets just say i have a better chance at getting rich than being killed by terrorist
  by: maccheese   08/21/2006 04:10 AM     
  My 3 cents  
For one, removing someone from a flight just because they speak Arabic is completely unacceptable.

Two, their "suspicious activity" quite possibly went no further than the simple fact that they were speaking Arabic. Anything else could be considered as a fear of flying, or a fear or being harassed by security people just for your ethnicity. Unacceptable.

Three, if I WAS Arabic, if I spoke English, then in these times I would choose not to speak Arabic in that sort of enviornment, for my own safety. Still, I feel that the fact people have to do these things is unacceptable.

Two of my best friends are Indian. Sihk, which means they wear a turban (and never cut their hair). Their father is a jewelry dealer, the man between the suppliers and the stores. He's a great man, an intelligent and kind man. Because of what he does, he frequently has to travel all over the world. After 9/11 he joked (sadly) that it seemed as if "random" was his middle name. Every flight he'd get on he'd be "randomly" selected for additional security checks.

Now they don't even bother to call it a random check.

This world, its terrible. People need to get their shit straight. I'm getting sick of all this foolishness.
  by: maverick7h     08/21/2006 04:42 AM     
Actually I had looked into sign language for just that reason.

Turns out, sign language is different for every spoken language. Too bad.
  by: maverick7h     08/21/2006 04:44 AM     
It's worth noting that NO bombing campaign in history has ever succeeded at it's stated aims.
  by: lauriesman     08/21/2006 07:23 AM     
Random's my middle name, too. I get checked at every security point on the way home, and they always choose me to open my luggage when I get to customs in Sydney. I'm blue-eyed with light brown hair and very pale skin.

Maybe I raise suspicion cause I smile at the security guards and don't roll my eyes when they want to search me.
  by: Lois_Lane     08/21/2006 09:31 AM     
  @ mav  
you are joking about sign language?
Damn u weren't!!??
forget it!
anyway... about "random"...ironically i only get randomly checked in the middle east... never in the UK or any of my other destinations... i must be a terrorist for the middle east!
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/21/2006 10:22 AM     
  here's a little quiz for ya  
Which country has suffered the highest number of terorist attacks

you'll neve guess ... even I was suprised ....
  by: Hugo Chavez     08/21/2006 10:31 AM     
What country?
  by: StarShadow     08/21/2006 10:50 AM     
  this is stupid!  
Arabs and Muslims are labeled as terrorists these days! this is wrong!

I was once at an american institution and i said a prayer I always say, 2 security members had weapons on my head!
  by: King|of|Queens     08/21/2006 11:05 AM     
  @ hugo  
or ireland?
random guesses!
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/21/2006 11:52 AM     
  My guess  
is Colombia, or Germany.
  by: NuttyPrat     08/21/2006 11:58 AM     
  @ hugo  
oh oh... one more... sri lanka!
  by: DarkAngelJG     08/21/2006 12:12 PM     

  by: theironboard     08/21/2006 01:19 PM     
In this order I think: Columbia(1), Lebanon(2), Spain(3) and lastly Germany(4).
  by: slavefortheman     08/21/2006 04:03 PM     
  @ maccheese  
Yeah, this happened in Spain--not the FAR EAST.

Personal attacks...
  by: vanillaskye   08/21/2006 05:04 PM     
  @Lois lane  
Australian customs doesn't count. They are more concerned with foreign plants and animals than they are with terrorism. Maybe you just look like a farm girl or something.
  by: bane39   08/21/2006 05:53 PM     
i believe it's india, and when you look into how the Tamil Tigers operate i'm not surprised. They are a massive armed force, couldn't really beleive how dedicated they were
  by: political exorcism   08/21/2006 06:30 PM     
i meant sri-lanka
  by: political exorcism   08/21/2006 06:32 PM     
I cant believe how biased some people are to actually start demonizing the west for something that happened in Spain. Then people bring up something bout speaking English when its obvious, at least to me, that they speak Spanish in Spain. For a site that has so many self proclaimed unbiased commentators, you do a bad job of showing it. Sorry to anyone who takes offense to that and no I was not trying to single anyone out individually. Anyway, this event is quite sad and hopefully it doesnt have to happen again just because of fear and language barriers.
  by: confed   08/21/2006 06:39 PM     
Spain isn't a western country? I never knew that... So it's an middle eastern, eastern, far eastern... or maybe third-world!
  by: bane39   08/21/2006 06:46 PM     
heh, thinking the same as me. Actually i feel 'the west' is a redundant term now.

Also thanks for the comments people, might start doing this regularly
  by: political exorcism   08/22/2006 01:55 AM     
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