|Quoting Turnit56N (Reply 32):|
I'm sure there is more to this story. There are many pilots of middle-eastern and south asian heritage and/or origin flying for US airlines. I know a few of them personally, including a very good friend of mine born in Iran and now flying for a major carrier here in the States. I have a hard time believing that all of a sudden one carrier has decided this is an issue.
The security checks are normally done after the interview and while the new hire is going through training. If this man was hired, on his way to training, and then told he was a security risk....I have to conclude that something came up in his background check.
Now, knowing the paranoia of our FBI and DHS I wouldn't be surprised if what came up in the background check was relatively ridiculous and not really a threat.....but that's not B6's fault. Imagine that someone who honestly has no ulterior motive and no idea that their name is on some list hearing that "they're a security risk" from the airline. They'd probably assume that the airline is being racist and make allegations like this. Considering that it would be true to form for the FBI/DHS to say nothing more to the airline than "possible security risk", I'm not really surprised someone would just assume it was merely because of their race.
|Quoting IH8B6 (Reply 14):|
Well, hell must be freezing over because I can't believe I am about to defend good ol' Jetpoo
|Quoting Jamake1 (Reply 10):|
Just because one is Muslim, doesn't mean that they should be compared to the 9/11 perpetrators. This guy is an American citizen of Pakistani origin. He has been raised in the U.S. since the age of seven. The 9/11 perpetrators were foreigners in the U.S. on student visas. The perception is that this guy was discriminated against based on his religion and national origin.
|Quoting NASBWI (Reply 17):|
It's difficult to make a judgement from where we're all sitting. On one hand, it would appear that B6 made a huge blunder in saying what they said, as per the pilot's allegations. But on the other, I'd find it hard to believe that any large company would do such a thing so brazenly (knowing what the consequences would surely be). I'd be more inclined to believe that there's something definitely missing from the puzzle.