NWA regrets kicking Arab-American men off flight in Twin Cities
Larry OakesStar Tribune
Published Sep 22 2001
Northwest Airlines said today that it regrets any misunderstanding after four Arab-American men in the Twin Cities were removed off a flight Thursday from the Minneapolis to Salt Lake City.
Northwest spokesman Doug Killian said there was a security concern with the flight crew. The men were escorted off the jet by Northwest employees and then questioned by local law enforcement.
Once released, Killian said, Northwest put them on the next available flight, on Delta Airlines.
Three of the men told reporters in Salt Lake City that they were removed from the plane because passengers refused to fly with them.
Northwest said it was investigating the incident but would not elaborate.
The men live in Salt Lake City and were on their way home from Philadelphia when they were booted from a connecting flight.
They declined to give their names, but once in Utah they said they had undergone an extensive security check before being allowed to board. But other passengers refused to fly as long as they stayed on board.
Northwest said it had no choice. The airline said that under government security rules it has to ``reaccommodate´´ passengers if their actions or presence make a majority of the other passengers uncomfortable.
The men say they feel depressed and very discriminated against.
If this is the case, then their lawsuit has no merit.
Bobcat, regarding your statement, "I guess they couldn't talk their way of of the armed escorts who took them offf... please note that the "escorts" were NWA employees, so I doubt they were "armed"
Twotterwrench, regarding your statement, "It will be a long time before i will get on an airplane with a towel head on it. what makes you think these men had "towels" on their heads? One of the men was interviewed last night on ABC's Nightline and he didn't have a "towel" on his head, nor a beard, for that matter.
There were also some pictures of two of the hijackers passing through security (at PWM, I believe) and they did not have "towels" on their heads, either. I agree that you are entitled to your opinion, but do you have to present it in such an obnoxious manner?
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