The incident occurred at Athens airport on Monday night, when Jewish Israeli passengers decided that the two Israeli Arab passengers on the flight constituted a security risk. After bringing their concern to the attention of the crew, they prevented the flight from taking off by standing in the aisles.
The two Israeli Arabs finally acceded to crew requests that they disembark, in return for a hotel room and compensation.
According to the airline, “an initially small group” of passengers “very vocally and persistently” demanded that two Israeli Arab citizens be “checked for security issues.”
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I'm not sure why the protesting Jewish passengers were not removed. That would have seemed to be the right case. How embarrassing must this be for the Israeli Arab passengers? This reminds me of the 6H incident that happened a while back.
Israir airline and the Israeli Airport Authority were ordered to compensate five Arab Israeli passengers, one of whom was asked to leave a Tel Aviv–Eilat flight three years ago on the basis of a fictional and discriminatory security procedure.
According to a report on Channel 2, Israir invoked a purported profiling procedure banning groups of five or more “members of minorities” on a flight. (The expression refers to all minorities in Israel, but is often used as a euphemism for Arab Israelis.) In fact, no such procedure exists, and the court ruling indicated that the airline sought to boot the passenger because it needed his seat for a celebrity passenger.