I admit it, I love Southwest Airlines.
They just put a smile on your face. Two bags are always free. Staff is friendly. The planes are in good condition, they arrive on time (sometimes even early!). It’s a great customer experience.
That’s why I was not at all surprised to see this latest headline, where Southwest Airlines once again handled things perfectly.
Apparently, back in April, passenger Khairuldeen Makhzoomi (sounds like a legit, peace-loving fellow, right?) was on his cell phone pre-takeoff aboard the plane and started talking about ISIS. That’s a big no-no to anyone with even half a brain. Then he started speaking in Arabic, at one point saying “Inshallah” which reportedly means “God Willing”. It’s not clear what else he said during the call, but logic would dictate if he were mentioning ISIS and saying “God Willing” in Arabic, the rest of the call was probably a doozy.
Southwest Airlines reacted PERFECTLY, calling in the authorities and the man was removed from the plane.
I can only imagine the entire plane broke out in cheers. I know I would have.
This is exactly the type of profiling and good policing we need in this Country. STOP harassing the 80 year old ladies with pat downs. Stop making me take off my damn shoes and belt. Stop sending me through those new government body scanners that are designed to get the public accustomed to putting their hands in the air as if they’re about to be shot. The entire experience is dehumanizing.
Are these people trying to board a plane or are they about to be shot or arrested? Hard to tell. It’s absurd! Take a look:
Here’s an idea: take all the effort and money spent on TSA bullshit and re-target that towards Muslim-looking people with names like Makhzoomi who are saying the words ISIS and God-willing (one step away from screaming “Allah Akbar!” like all his buddies). The entire system will be much more efficient and regular people can stop being treated like cattle and forced to “place your hands up over your head” in those body scanners as a form of operant conditioning to blind government abuse.
Donald Trump will bring back this type of common sense policing, and I for one can’t wait!! He will also hit ISIS so hard and so quick that they’ll be wiped from the map, a distant bad memory of the 2010’s.
Now, check out how the dishonest media reported this story. Below are the two best (least biased) articles I could find. Even in these, check out the spin and indignation of this “poor Makhzoomi’s suffering”. Look at all the details they leave out an the other details they skew. Give me a break.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations lodged a complaint against Southwest Airlines on Wednesday after an incident in April when a passenger was asked to leave a flight for speaking in Arabic.
Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old Iraqi-American ended a phone conversation he was having in Arabic with his uncle with the phrase “Inshallah” meaning, “G-d willing”. Another passenger overheard the conversation and Makhzoomi was asked to leave the plane and taken in for questioning.
“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,” Makhzoomi told CNN.
On Wednesday, CAIR filed a complaint with the US Department of Transportation Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings against Southwest Airlines for “racial and religious profiling of a Muslim passenger”
In its complaint, CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Coordinator Saba Maher stated: “We write to request a federal investigation on behalf of our client, Mr. Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, who was removed from a Southwest Airlines fight for speaking Arabic while sitting in a plane.”
From the Associated Press:
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A religious rights organization has filed a complaint with federal authorities against Southwest Airlines for what the group says was racial and religious profiling of a Muslim passenger.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation Wednesday on behalf of Khairuldeen Makhzoomi.
Makhzoomi, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, was yanked in April from a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Oakland after mentioning a terrorist group’s name during a telephone conversation in Arabic.
He has said he made a passing reference to Islamic State while telling his uncle about a speech he had attended by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Southwest Airlines says another Arabic-speaking passenger heard Makhzoomi mention the terrorist organization during his conversation and reported him to the crew.The organization says it is calling federal authorities to hold Southwest Airlines accountable for its actions against Makhzoomi.