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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Local Imam Allegedly Kicked Off Delta Flight For Going to the Bathroom

Posted by on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

It's been more than a decade since 9/11 but Muslims—even when they fly first class and have already been approved for expedited border processing—are still getting booted off planes for being Muslim, according to a complaint filed in Sea-Tac against Delta yesterday. Seattlepi.com reports:

Activists are decrying the reported actions of Delta Air Lines employees after a Lynnwood-based imam claimed he was escorted off an airplane last month on the basis of his religious affiliation

Muhammad Abbace Ayleya was escorted off a connecting Delta flight in Atlanta, bound for Toronto, and told little other than that his use of the airplane bathroom was "doubtful," according to CAIR [Council for Islamic-American Relations]...

The ordeal caused him to miss a fundraiser for a Toronto elementary school at which he was scheduled to speak. The fundraiser ultimately did not happen after the organizers learned Ayleya would not be able to make it...

Ayleya, the resident imam at Zainab Center in Lynnwood, frequently travels by air and reportedly has never before had a problem with airline employees. He is a Delta Platinum Elite member and is approved by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry program, which expedites low-risk air passengers through security procedures.

Ayleya boarded the airplane in the first class section and used the on-board restroom while waiting for the flight to depart, according to reports.

The airplane left the gate, but then returned to the gate about five minutes later, according to Ayleya's narration.

A Delta employee boarded the plane and escorted Ayleya back to the terminal, where he was met by two law enforcement officers. He was only told that "the crew was doubtful about the way you were using the restroom," according to the CAIR complaint.

Thankfully, Ayleya was not strip-searched and interrogated.

 

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Sounds like he got up and used the pisser while the plane was taxiing. Last time I checked, you can't do that, even if you're a mohammedan.
Posted by Biggles on April 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 2
@1 reading comprehension issues? He used the toilet before the airplane left the gate, which is OK in 1st class.

If they were so worried about him being in there, why didn't they delay the flight for a full screening? Seems to me if there was reasonable doubt the only recourse would be to disembark everyone until the plane had been full checked out.
Posted by thatsnotright on April 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
sir, you were in there 5 minutes, and it didn't smell like poop when you left. NO FLY LIST FOR YOU!
Posted by Max Solomon on April 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM · Report this
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If you're travelling to Toronto, drive to Vancouver and fly round trip from Vancouver International (YVR) to Toronto.

The police state theater of American airports is a pointless harassment and monumental waste of time and money. It doesn't make you safe or even safer, it just looks and feels safe(r) to simpletons and fools who apparently have never had the joy of visiting a maximum security prison and just really wanted to have that experience when traveling.
Posted by Take the scenic route on April 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM · Report this
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@2

Nope, it says he got up to use the toilet and then plane pulled out; no mention of him returning to his seat after they pulled back from the gate. Reading comprehension issues?

"Ayleya boarded the airplane in the first class section and used the on-board restroom while waiting for the flight to depart, according to reports. The airplane left the gate, but then returned to the gate about five minutes later, according to Ayleya's narration."

Must have been the bacon and pork sausage breakfast sandwich he ate at D'lish. They always give me the shits too.
Posted by Biggles on April 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM · Report this
venomlash 6
@5: Don't be a ninny. Another source confirms what you insist didn't happen: he used the bathroom, returned to his seat, and was only later ejected. (Another guy went into the bathroom after he left, but HE wasn't removed from the plane, was he.)
Posted by venomlash on April 2, 2014 at 7:34 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 7
Maybe he was washing his feet that caused the stir. I've seen Muslims do that in public lavatories.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on April 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM · Report this

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