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Muslims cite discrimination in denial of flight

An Islamic civil rights group is calling for an investigation to determine why 40 Muslims were not allowed to board a flight from Germany to Detroit after their pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Northwest Airlines officials said the passengers arrived too late to catch the flight, but some of the Muslims, appearing at a press conference yesterday with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), called it religious discrimination.
The Muslims arrived at the Frankfurt airport at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 7 on a charter plane from Saudi Arabia. They did not show up at the ticket counter until about 20 minutes before the Detroit-bound Flight 51 left at 10:20 a.m., said Dean Breest, a Northwest Airlines spokesman.
The airline industry and governmental agencies have check-in and boarding deadlines to help ensure on-time departures, and Northwest Airlines policy states that passengers must check in for international flights at least 60 minutes before departure and be aboard the aircraft at least 30 minutes before departure.
"The rules are the rules," said Roman Blahoski, spokesman for Northwest Airlines. "It does not matter who they are; they would be turned away because the flight had already closed."
Mr. Blahoski said, "Northwest takes these accusations very seriously," but "these passengers were denied boarding because they did not meet the standard check-in deadline."


seems to me when i fly i get there early and at gate ontime, but then im not special Sad

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070116-101236-4249r.htm

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Watch them claim discrimination...

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when they can't file suite in an [American] court.

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Northwest apologizes, vows to reimburse Muslims barred from

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DEARBORN -- Reacting swiftly to allegations of discrimination, Northwest Airlines apologized to a group of 40 Muslims today for barring them from a plane in Germany on their return trip from the Hajj.

The airline said it will reimburse the pilgrims for the other flights they were forced to take on their return from the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Moreover, a ranking official of the airline said the flight for which the passengers from Metro Detroit were ticketed could have been held at the gate until all were cleared for boarding, and she is looking into why that decision was not made.

Andrea Newman, the senior vice-president for government relations, said she will travel to Metro Detroit on Friday to discuss those issues and others with Imam Sayed Hassan al-Qazwini, the clergyman at the largest mosque in the country, the Islamic Center of America, and others who were affected by the snafu. Many of the pilgrims had to pay for hotel accommodations and some are still awaiting the delivery of their luggage, and Newman vowed that the airline would consider reimbursements for the accommodations and return the luggage.

they caved in

if you or I get there late would they do this i doubt it Sad

www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.../701170462

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Yes, a cave-in of appeasement it appears to me,

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sort of like many of our US civil rights complaints.

What in particular that gets me is that the airline did not mention in their statement about the 3 hour loafing around the Muslims did before showing up 20 minutes before the flight departure.

Re: "The Muslims arrived at the Frankfurt airport at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 7 on a charter plane from Saudi Arabia. They did not show up at the ticket counter until about 20 minutes before the Detroit-bound Flight 51 left at 10:20 a.m."

The airline seems to be worming around with the appeasement by saying:

"Moreover, a ranking official of the airline said the flight for which the passengers from Metro Detroit were ticketed could have been held at the gate until all were cleared for boarding, and she is looking into why that decision was not made."

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Don't you love it

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A company states that these are the rules and, when some clerk enforces it, the company apologizes profusely and, probably, reams out the clerk.

Diana

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there afraid

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and why shouldnt they be look at whos complaing need i say more?

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Ever watch "Airline"....

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.... on A&E?

It's about Southwest Airlines, and I'm sure the problems that passengers cause them are true of all the airlines.

The most common is passengers blaming the airline for missing their flight.

Me? I get there at least 3 hours ahead of time. And schedule my connecting flights accordingly in case one of the legs is late.

Seems to me that their chartered flight company would have been aware of the check-in rules.

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my sister flies every week

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from ga to dc she gets there 2 hrs ahead

but then shes not expecting the airlines to give her special privileges

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