Muslim Group Appeals To Man To Come Forward "To Gain
The recent bombing attempt at Glasgow
Airport has started an apparent ripple effect of
trepidation. The pilot of a Thomsonfly jet ordered a young man off
an aircraft last week, after the man asked permission to pray
before the flight commenced, according to the Newcastle Sun.
The young Muslim reportedly boarded the flight at England's
Newcastle International Airport, for a trip to Malaga, Spain with a
group of friends. He asked the cabin crew for permission use a
curtained-off galley area for prayers before the plane took
When the flight attendant asked the captain, the pilot not only
removed the young man off the flight... but local authorities were
notified and the man was detained and searched under current
Northumbria Police officers found a bottle of water, presumably
for traditional pre-prayer cleansing and a compass customarily used
to indicate the proper direction to the city of Mecca and a
traditional prayer mat.
"We were called to the airport... after concerns were raised
about a passenger," said a police spokeswoman. "We attended and
searched the man and found that no offense had been committed and
everything was in order. The man was not arrested."
The flight, TOM 4125, took off an hour later than its scheduled
The executive leader of the counter-terrorism section of the
Muslim Safety Forum, Azad Ali, appealed through the newspaper for
the evicted man to contact them.
"If the man feels hard done by then he will be upset by this. If
he feels it difficult to gain resolution in Newcastle he can log
onto our website and email us his details," he said.
"We will then go to the Association of Chief Police Officers and
ask them to look into it. However, it looks as if the airline
itself is guilty of over reaction in this incident. There is a
tendency for some people to blame an entire community for the
actions of individuals. It's guilt by association."
"The captain has the right to remove passengers from a flight if
he feels their behavior is detrimental to other customers. For
legal reasons, we are unable to comment any further," said a
spokeswoman for the carrier.