So now airliners could say NO Muslim flight attendants... And Muslim groups would be up in arms....
Justifiably so. An airline should not discriminate against an entire section of the population on the basis of what one person has done.
But it is a myth that Muslims can not serve alcohol to non-Muslims, ever. It is certainly not mentioned in Qur'an, although there are references in Hadith and on this opinion is divided. Some believe it is so but Miss Hasan, legal advisor to the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain has stated that Islamic law does not prohibit Muslims from selling alcohol in a supermarket, for example.
Surah 2:173, reads: ‘He has forbidden you carrion, blood, and the flesh of swine; also any flesh that is consecrated other than in the name of God. But whoever is compelled through necessity, intending neither to sin nor to transgress, shall incur no guilt. God is forgiving and merciful.’ The same passage is repeated in Surah 16:115. While alcohol is not mentioned, the notion of doing something generally not accepted becoming acceptable in the circumstances is. So it is reasonable under the circumstances that an employee serves alcohol to a passenger as part of her duties. It would be quite a different matter if she were to open a bottle-shop and run it for profit.
Predominantly Muslim countries like Jordan even produce wine. Airlines like Emirates are very generous when it comes to serving alcohol. If it were forbidden for Muslims to handle alcohol, surely it would be haram for Emirates airline to do so.