Passenger Mutiny: Expect More of This

A couple of days ago several passengers aboard a Monarch Airlines flight refused to allow the plane to take off until two men they feared were terrorists were forcibly removed.

I’m all for that, by the way. And I’m for racial profiling too, which in this case, was meted out by passengers instead of the politically correct hypersensitive airline.

Today, the two suspicious individuals are expressing their ‘shock and despair’ over the way they were treated. I say, boo frickin hoo.

I mean, take a look at a picture of these two.


Be honest now…If you saw these guys at the gate in an airport, you’d think they were Saudi or Pakistani or something similar, right? In any case, you would most likely describe the two as ‘Middle Eastern’ right? Would you look at them and say to yourself, “those guys are Asian”? No, you wouldn’t.

Their names? Sohail Ashraf and Khurram Zeb. Those doesn’t sound Asian do they? No, they don’t.

Yet that’s how the Daily Mail identifies ‘em; Asian students. The paper does much to tug at the liberal heart strings of their readers by describing the injustice brought on these poor boys.

“We might be Asian, but we’re two ordinary lads who wanted a bit of fun,” Mr Ashraf told the Daily Mirror.

“Just because we’re Muslim does not mean we are suicide bombers.”

Yet it’s clear these two were doing something or saying things that aroused the suspicions of their fellow travellers.

Holidaymakers on board flight ZB 613 from Malaga to Manchester became alarmed at the men’s behaviour, and demanded that air staff remove them from the plane in the incident last week.

Cabin crew informed Spanish authorities of the passengers’ fears and the men were taken off the Monarch Airlines flight and quizzed by police. The plane had been due to take off at around 3am last Wednesday but was delayed by around three hours.

Some passengers reportedly stormed off the Airbus 320 aircraft and refused to fly unless the pair were removed.

Reasonable people don’t ‘storm off’ a plane just because they don’t like the color of the skin of two guys sitting next to them. No, these guys were up to something, and the airline was oblivious to it. The vigilant passengers did the right thing. I would have done the same. After all, is political correctness something you’re willing to die for? I don’t think so.

Update: A reader emails a clarification.

Just FYI: In Britain it is customary to refer to anyone from any Asian country as “Asian.” Whether you’re from China or Vietnam or India or Saudi Arabia, if your country of origin is on the continent of Asia, you’re Asian.

Hence the quote from the dudes thrown off the plane: “We might be Asian, but we’re two ordinary lads who wanted a bit of fun.” That is to say, “Even if we are Asian, we’re still just two ordinary lads…”

The Daily Mail wasn’t being politically correct, they were being geographically correct.

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