Guilty of Travelling While Asian

Posted Monday August 21, 2006 by John Gunders in |

The Daily Mail reports that two men of Arabic appearance were removed from a flight from Spain to Britain because passengers feared they were terrorists:

...two British citizens in their 20s waited in the departure lounge to board the pre-dawn flight and were heard talking what passengers took to be Arabic. Worries spread after a female passenger said she had heard something that alarmed her.

Passengers noticed that, despite the heat, the pair were wearing leather jackets and thick jumpers and were regularly checking their watches.

Read the full story here.

Thank God I’m white, and don’t wear a watch…

While it is easy (and somewhat satisfying) to scorn the implied racism of the gullible passengers, this a clearly one of the logical outcomes of the policies of panic indulged in by many western governments, Australia’s included. It is such a small step from “Alert but not alarmed”, to lynch mobs…

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