Racial profiling

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Sep 22 17:31:40 MDT 2001

>From John Enyang:
In today's The Times of India.  There is an article on Asian racial
profiling in the US detailing a number of cases where Middle Eastern
men have been prevented from boarding flights or asked to deplane
after having boarded (and who were not found guilty or taken into
custody, etc.).

"If I see someone (who) comes in that's got a diaper on his head and
a fan belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy needs to
be pulled over".

--Congressman John Cooksey, Louisianna (R).


NY Times, September 22, 2001

Some Passengers Singled Out for Exclusion by Flight Crew

In San Antonio on Monday, Ashraf Khan, 32, a mobile phone salesman
who was trying to get to his brother's wedding in Pakistan, was
ordered off a Delta Airlines flight. The plane's captain, Mr. Khan
recalled, told him that the flight crew did not "feel safe flying
with you."

A Delta spokeswoman said the airline was "aware of this incident and
takes this matter very seriously."

In Orlando, Fla., on Monday, two businessmen from Pakistan were
ordered off a US Airways flight bound for Baltimore. As the
businessmen, Akbar Ali and Muhammad Naeem Butt, recalled their long
day at the airport, an airline agent told them that the pilot would
not take off until they left the aircraft. He then suggested they
take a train. They were accepted on a later US Airways flight to

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/22/national/22PASS.html

Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 09/22/2001

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