Sunday, August 20, 2006

It has begun...

Today's Independent reports:

UK tourists stage mutiny over Asian passengers

A holiday jet was grounded by worried passengers who staged a "mutiny" over fears that fellow travellers were acting suspiciously in the wake of the alleged terror plot to bring down planes.

The flight, from Malaga to Manchester, was delayed for three hours as police escorted the two Asian passengers from the Monarch Airlines Airbus A320, then conducted a security sweep of the plane. The men unnerved others waiting for the flight when they were overheard speaking in what was thought to be Arabic.

They were also wearing leather jackets and sweaters despite the heat of the southern Spanish city and were frequently glancing at their watches. The pair were taken to a hotel and then put on a later flight.

Six passengers had refused to get on board and word spread to those already on the flight and a number of people walked off the plane. Soon the pilot, police and airport security staff came to check their passports and then accompanied them off the flight.

College lecturer Jo Schofield, who was on the flight, told The Mail On Sunday: "There was no fuss or panic. People just calmly and quietly got off the plane. There were no racist taunts or any remarks directed at the men. It was an eerie scene, very quiet."
For the Daily Mail's account click here.


Smartie said...

Rather worrying that for being 'overly dressed' for a trip to a hotter climate (in this case leather jackets), a mark of suspicion is cast on such individuals. Some 'Muslim' Human Rights group is querying this at the mo.

Golly, what about those who decide to dress modestly i.e. cover up yet go to 40 degree temp countries!

Just listening to the low down on 5 Live re. the incident. Seems as though everyone was calm but one comment by a member was 'you dont tell people to get off a plane if you arent comfortable with their appearance. You should be the one getting off the plane'.

Mind, i dont know how i would react in such a situaiton. Quite easy to sit here from my armchair PC and comment ;)

Now why didnt the Pakistan Kirkut come out after tea time. Oh the shame. Mwahhahaha.

tc said...

Suspect this story is more about people from Manchester who holiday in Malaga.