US Airways Seeks Jury Trial in Imams Case
Back in the news and always a favorite at the Realm is the “Flying Imams Show.” The latest is that US Airways and the Minneapolis airport officials are demanding a jury trial when they go to court.
In case you forgot, the Muslim group filed a lawsuit because they were removed from a flight because of suspicious behavior. The suit says the officials engaged in “intentional discrimination” when they removed the imams from the Minneapolis-to-Phoenix flight in November 2006.
Passengers and the flight crew said the men were disruptive and did not take their assigned seats. Some of the men asked for seat-belt extensions that they did not need. According to passengers, the men criticized the war in Iraq and President Bush and talked about al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
The airport is claiming immunity for their employees named in the suit, citing a “John Doe” law passed by Congress last year that, among other things, protects people acting in an official capacity to prevent terrorist attacks.
“We believe the police officers acted appropriately and that it is important that airports across the nation be able to take action when there is a reasonable belief that travelers could be threatened,” said Patrick Hogan, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman.
US Airways “denies that it engaged in any unlawful discrimination or violated any federal or state law,” and is demanding that the imams provide “stick proof” on 97 of their claims.
By now it has been decided, at least by me, that the whole “show” was an effort to get the security relaxed so it would be easier to mobilize future attacks. It was a set-up from the beginning and US Airways would have been negligent had they approached the situation any differently.