In the original incident that resulted in this suit, the Muslim passengers discussed safety and where to sit in the event “something happens.” Other Airtran passengers understandably became anxious and reported the incident. The captain of the airliner made the decision to remove the Muslims.
For years we were told to say something if we saw something that didn’t look right.
CAIR has been waging lawfare against that policy. They have even named good samaritans in lawsuits. This is a definite effort at intimidation. It would not be surprising if the whole incident was choreographed to set up this suit…
Nine Washington area Muslims have sued AirTran Airways in federal court, alleging that the airline discriminated against them by removing them from a Jan. 1, 2009, flight out of Reagan National Airport and refusing to rebook them.
The plaintiffs are brothers Kashif Irfan of Alexandria and Atif Irfan of Rockville, Maryland; their families; and a friend, Abdul Razak Aziz of Washington.
The suit alleges that two teenage girls seated nearby mistook an “innocuous” comment by the Muslims about safety at the rear of the airplane as a threat.
AirTran maintains that safety is its primary mission and that it “denies liability and looks forward to vigorously defending ourselves in court.”
Let us hope that AirTran sticks to that policy.