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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Guess who's doing passenger profiling now

The passengers themselves.

The Daily Mail reports:
British holidaymakers staged an unprecedented mutiny - refusing to allow their flight to take off until two men they feared were terrorists were forcibly removed.

The extraordinary scenes happened after some of the 150 passengers on a Malaga-Manchester flight overheard two men of Asian appearance apparently talking Arabic.
This is disgraceful. The passengers who feel worried have every right to get off the plane, at their own expense, but no right to demand that others be offloaded. I'm amazed that the airline caved in, and I hope the gentlemen "of Asian appearance" sue. Once they were past security check, the airline had no business offloading them. Sure, it could have searched them again, but no more than that.

I quite agree with Patrick Mercer, a Tory spokesman, who is quoted as saying, "This is a victory for terrorists." Notch one up for Osama.

(Link via email from MadMan.)

Update (August 24): Here's a follow-up, with a picture of the two offloaded chaps, who are 22-year-old students. One of them says: "Just because we're Muslim does not mean we are suicide bombers." I hate it when it seems necessary to state the obvious.
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