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Posted on 08/30/2006 3:45:02 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
JFK Passenger Not Allowed To Fly Wearing Arabic Script T-Shirt
POSTED: 6:25 pm EDT August 30, 2006 UPDATED: 6:27 pm EDT August 30, 2006 NEW YORK -- An Arab human rights activist says he was prevented from boarding a plane at Kennedy International Airport while wearing a T-shirt that said "We will not be silent" in English and Arabic.
The incident happened Aug. 12 when Raed Jarrar was preparing to board a JetBlue flight from Kennedy to Oakland, Calif.
Four officials from JetBlue or from a government agency stopped him at the gate and told him he couldn't get on the plane wearing his shirt, Jarrar said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
One of the officials told him, "Going to an airport with a T-shirt in Arabic script is like going to a bank and wearing a T-shirt that says 'I'm a robber."' he said.
Jenny Dervin, a spokeswoman for JetBlue, acknowledged that the dispute occurred and said the airline was investigating it.
She noted that the incident occurred two days after British authorities announced that they had foiled a plot to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic.
New restrictions banning liquids and gels in carryon baggage went into effect at U.S. airports following the Aug. 10 announcement, but Dervin said there are no specific rules governing apparel. "Each situation is different," she said.
Jarrar, who directs the Iraq project for Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human rights organization, said he asked what law he was breaking by wearing the shirt. The officials didn't answer, he said, but suggested that he turn the shirt inside out.
"I refused to take off my T-shirt and put it on inside out because it looks like a punishment for something I have not done," he said.
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You don't have to be silent, and they don't have to let you on their airplane.
Neither will we, scumbag.
To the ACLU: Interpret this: %(*#_(<##@+ YOU.
SO what? During the hostage crisis in 1980, my friend was not allowed to wear his t-shirt which said "F**k Iran" to school, as popular as it was with both friends and faculty.
Meanwhile Im looking for that ISAM is a Dynamite Religion tee shirt with the exploding turbin.
maybe CAIR should get a tour
Well Jarrar, who did it to you and when?
Well damn there goes my "Who's your Baghdaddy" shirt....
Speculation. Junk journalism. Whoever wrote this report must be suffering a severe case of Bush Hatred Syndrome.
You mean the one with Mickey Mouse flipping the finger?
Don't flatter yourself, it sounds like you were silenced by JetBlue.
If it wasn't the TSA of the airport authority then this Muzzie terror supporter can just crap and bark at the moon. The airline can pretty much do what it wants to do. The greater interest is assuring the flying public that their flight is safe not to worry about some punk's tee shirt. He profiled himself by wearing the shirt. He pointed the finger at himself. Too friggin bad mohammaden puke.
Is this supposed to make me feel bad for him? I think its gonna backfire. He obviously did this on purpose, knowing the airport security would stop him and he'd gain sympathy points for Muslims from the Lefties.
I'd say they made the decision in order to save the fares of people who would have refused to fly.
"An Arab human rights activist"
Oxymoron? I don't think they give a damn about anyone's human rights.
So? I suppose he will sue and win the case right? If he does, we are through as a nation.
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