Thursday, February 07, 2008

Careful everybody...

Interesting article from Al Jazeera:
Then I had a life-changing incident in 2006, when I was stopped at an airport in New York and prevented from boarding to my airplane because my T-shirt had the words "we will not be silent" in both Arabic and English printed on it.

A TSA [transportation security officer] told me that coming to a US airport with Arabic words on my T-shirt was equivalent to visiting a bank while wearing a shirt that read "I'm a robber".

After making me cover my shirt, the officers changed my seat from the front to the back of the airplane.

1 comment:

JMJ said...

I read that article and my first thought was "what, this can happen here?". I still have a sense of outrage, but upon further reflection, I find it ironic that someone who comes from a countyr and area of the world where human rights are routinely trampled is outraged when his own are.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not justifying what happened, I just find it ironic.