Amy Gardner, of The Washington Post writes today of the (literal) travails of the large family of Muslims which found themselves kicked off a domestic airline flight, mainly for discussing whether their seats were inn the safest part of the plane. They were then forbidden by the same airline to re-book when the 'mistake' was clarified. The "informants" may have been a couple of teen-agers:
"Officials ordered nine Muslim passengers, including three young children, off an AirTran flight headed to Orlando from Reagan National Airport yesterday afternoon after two other passengers overheard what they thought was a suspicious remark. Members of the party, all but one of them US-born citizens who were headed to a religious retreat in Florida, were subsequently cleared for travel by FBI agents who characterized the incident as a misunderstanding, an airport official said. But the passengers said AirTran refused to rebook them, and they had to pay for seats on another carrier secured with help from the FBI.Were, by chance I the one to whom such treatment befell, Air Tran would henceforth ALWAYS have a PLANE for me ANYTIME ever again I needed, or WANTED one, NO MATTER where or when, or where I was going, or with whom.
Five of the six adults in the party are of South Asian descent, and all six are traditionally Muslim in appearance, with the men wearing beards and the women in headscarves. Irfan, 34, is an anesthesiologist. His brother, 29, is a lawyer. Both live in Alexandria with their families, and both were born in Detroit. They were traveling with their wives, Kashif Irfan's sister-in-law, a friend and Kashif Irfan's three sons, ages 7, 4 and 2.
That'd be ONE part of the settlement.