As we sat waiting for the plane to finish boarding, we noticed another large group of Middle Eastern men boarding. The first man wore a dark suit and sunglasses. He sat in first class in seat 1A, the seat second-closest to the cockpit door. The other seven men walked into the coach cabin. As "aware" Americans, my husband and I exchanged glances, and then continued to get comfortable. I noticed some of the other passengers paying attention to the situation as well. As boarding continued, we watched as, one by one, most of the Middle Eastern men made eye contact with each other. They continued to look at each other and nod, as if they were all in agreement about something. I could tell that my husband was beginning to feel "anxious."
Simple paranoia. Should all people looking like they're 'from the Middle-East' be banned from sitting near the flightdeck?! God forbid people who look like they're 'from the Middle-East' look at each other! TERRORISTS!
The man in the yellow T-shirt got out of his seat and went to the lavatory at the front of coach -- taking his full McDonald's bag with him. When he came out of the lavatory he still had the McDonald's bag, but it was now almost empty. He walked down the aisle to the back of the plane, still holding the bag. When he passed two of the men sitting mid-cabin, he gave a thumbs-up sign. When he returned to his seat, he no longer had the McDonald's bag.
Someone looking like they're 'from the Middle-East' eating McDonald's?! Must be a terrorist!
Then another man from the group stood up and took something from his carry-on in the overhead bin. It was about a foot long and was rolled in cloth. He headed toward the back of the cabin with the object. Five minutes later, several more of the Middle Eastern men began using the forward lavatory consecutively. In the back, several of the men stood up and used the back lavatory consecutively as well.
So now people with the right skin colour to be from the Middle-East can't go to the loo without being regarded as suspicious? A new low.
For the next hour, the men congregated in groups of two and three at the back of the plane for varying periods of time
Something I've always done with friends on long flights. It's called talking, not plotting a terrorist attack. Then again, I have the wrong skin colour to be a terrorist.
Meanwhile, in the first class cabin, just a foot or so from the cockpit door, the man with the dark suit - still wearing sunglasses - was also standing
Not only is it suspicious for this person with darker-than-normal skin to be sat near the flightdeck he also had the audacity to STAND near the flightdeck! The air marshall should have taken his Allah-lovin' ass out right then!
Not one of the flight crew members suggested that any of these men take their seats.
Why should they sit down? Because they have the wrong skin colour?
I threw out my friendliest "remember-me-we-had-a-nice-exchange-just-a-short-time-ago" smile. The man did not smile back. His face did not move. In fact, the cold, defiant look he gave me sent shivers down my spine.
That settles it. When a man with darker-than-normal skin doesn't give you a "remember-me-we-had-a-nice-exchange-just-a-short-time-ago" (!) smile, he MUST be a terrorist.
My husband immediately walked to the first class section to talk with the flight attendant. "I might be overreacting, but I've been watching some really suspicious things..." Before he could finish his statement, the flight attendant pulled him into the galley. In a quiet voice she explained that they were all concerned about what was going on. The captain was aware. The flight attendants were passing notes to each other. She said that there were people on board "higher up than you and me watching the men." My husband returned to his seat and relayed this information to me. He was feeling slightly better. I was feeling much worse. We were now two hours into a four-and-a-half hour flight.
Mmm, smells like bullshit! So the crew, flight crew and presumably people 'with higher authority' all felt concerned enough to be passing secret notes to each other, yet didn't divert the flight?
After seeing 14 Middle Eastern men board separately (six together, eight individually) and then act as a group, watching their unusual glances, observing their bizarre bathroom activities, watching them congregate in small groups, knowing that the flight attendants and the pilots were seriously concerned
Or reality: people with darker-skin boarded as a group (or 'friends' to use the white term), looked at each other, went to the toilet and talked to each other. My God.
Before I'm labeled a racial profiler or -- worse yet -- a racist, let me add this. A month ago I traveled to India to research a magazine article I was writing. My husband and I flew on a jumbo jet carrying more than 300 Hindu and Muslim men and women on board. We traveled throughout the country and stayed in a Muslim village 10 miles outside Pakistan. I never once felt fearful. I never once felt unsafe. I never once had the feeling that anyone wanted to hurt me. This time was different.
Nonsense. Nothing that these people with darker-than-normal skin did was suspicious. If a white person had done these things, she wouldn't have thought twice. Then again, who actually thinks this happened? The crew were terrified, yet didn't divert the flight? How would the cabin crew know there were marshalls 'all around' them?
Simply saying 'I'm not racist' doesn't make it so.
Suddenly, seven of the men stood up -- in unison -- and walked to the front and back lavatories. One by one, they went into the two lavatories, each spending about four minutes inside
TERRORISTS!!!!! Oh wait, this was just after the plane started the descent, just before the seat belt light went on. Maybe they just wanted a piss? No, course not! TERRORISTS!!!
The rest of the article is sheer nonsense, based on her idiotic paranoia and absolute racism. A dark-coloured man reading from a small book is automatically deemed a terrorist in her eyes. 'Arabs' talking to each other are terrorists in her eyes. Even someone who doesn't SMILE at her is a terrorist!
What a ridiculous article.