Maybe Salman Rushdie and Britney Spears should travel together on the same airplanes. Or even better, Rushdie could headline on the Britney Spears tour.
Salman Rushdie actually appeared at a U2 concert once, I don't remember where it was though. In the middle of the song, Bono whips out a cell phone and is like, "yeah man, come on out here" and out walks Salman Rushdie for a couple seconds. Bono introduces him to the crowd and Rushdie quickly left the stadium after that.
"Satanic Verses" is actually about an aircraft being blown up by terrorists and details the stories of the two main characters while they are falling to the earth. Rushdie was inspired by the events of an Air India 747 being blown up off the coast of Ireland en route to Canada in 1985, as well as the 1985 TWA hijacking that ended up in Beirut. Shortly after publishing, Pan Am 103 was blown up over Scotland by Libyan terrorists. Look at http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/anglophone/satanic_verses/index.html
for more details. Perhaps this could have something to do with an airline not wanting to transport Mr. Rushdie. Unfortunately, it's not his fault, he is not the terrorist, he just writes about them.