I Will Never Fly on Southwest Airlines, Ever

A Muslim man was told to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after another passenger overheard him speaking Arabic on his mobile phone.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old Berkeley graduate, was removed from the plane at Los Angeles International Airport in April this year.

Once seated, he had made a brief call to his uncle in Baghdad, telling him how excited he was to ask a question to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, during a dinner the previous day.

Before hanging up, he said the Islamic phrase in Arabic of “inshallah”, meaning “God willing”.

He noticed a woman staring at him as he hung up the phone. He thought at first she had been irritated by how loud he was speaking.

“One guy came with police officers within two minutes — I can’t believe how fast they were — and told me to get off the plane,” he told CNN.

An agent escorted him outside and asked him why he was speaking in Arabic considering “today’s political climate“.

Southwest should have told the woman that people are free to speak any language on their planes that they wish and the mere use of Arabic doesn’t count as an act of terrorism.  Furthermore, they should have reminded her that she uses Arabic every day, every time she writes a number.

America has degraded itself to the point of stupidity such as has never been seen in this country before.  It’s time to say no to the fearmongering ignorance that sees even the use of an Arabic word as a threat.  Stop it, you ignorant dullards.  Stop it.

And Southwest, because you aided and abetted, I will never, ever fly with you.  Ever.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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5 Responses to I Will Never Fly on Southwest Airlines, Ever

  1. GeoffSmith says:

    Did you read the rest of the article?

    “The internal review determined that it was the content of the conversation, not the language used, that prompted the report leading to the investigation. Our crew responded by following protocol, as required by federal law, to investigate any potential threat. We regret any less than positive experience a customer has on Southwest. Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind.”

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    • Jim says:

      that’s bull. how would they know the CONTENT of the conversation? the airline is trying to cover itself in spite of its atrocious and wretched behavior. some white woman didn’t like the arab terrorist guy speaking that terrorist language and so the airline tossed him off rather than make her feel threatened.

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  2. SADLY, Jim, Americans are partly to blame! An extreme Muslim intending to do harm won’t be that blunt, but that is not really the point; the point is that the Airline is scared to death that, just in case a tragedy happens, the AMERICAN PEOPLE will sue the airline to a financial “pulp” for not “taking action”… We’re a country of lawyers trying to make many bucks, be filthy rich, with lawsuits, (which I naturally spell with an h in the place of the u)

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  3. GeoffSmith says:

    Not only that, but they are obligated by federal law to treat all threats that way. You can lose your tickets for leaving baggage unattended.

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