This just infuriates me. These guys were either:
1) Doing a dry run in preparation for a terrorist attack. Scouting current levels of response from airlines, U.S. Marshalls and the American flying public.
2) Doing something they thought was funny.
3) Trying to frighten the crap out of the people on that plane and then, via the media, U.S. citizens.
4) Looking for a quick pay day.
U.S. Airways should not pay this men one dime. I believe that, given the flagrant nature of these men’s actions, they should reimburse the airline and police for any expense incurred.
This stuff needs to stop. If we refuse to bring the hammer down fearing charges of political incorrectness/racism, it will never end.
Ousted imams want airline settlement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) — Five of six Muslim
imams who were taken off a US Airways flight in Minneapolis last month
want an out-of-court settlement from the airline for the ordeal.
After the Nov. 28 incident, the airline offered to meet with the
group of clerics Dec. 4, but the men declined and instead sought legal help from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington.
“With the hopes of reaching an amicable resolution to this matter,
we would like to take this opportunity to ask for a formal meeting with
US Airways executives and legal counsel,” Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR’s
national legal director, wrote to the airline.
There are conflicting reports of what happened after security
agents escorted the men off the plane based on other passengers’
complaints of suspicious activity, the Washington Times said Monday.
CAIR claims the men were handcuffed for several hours, but one of
the imams told the Times he was only handcuffed for “10 or 15 minutes”
and that the imams were not led off the plane in handcuffs.
An airline spokeswoman said the meeting request was received, but a date has not been set.
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