Is Praying at an Airport Inappropriate Behavior?

This morning I read a news story that described how six Muslim imams (mosque elders) were kicked off of an airplane because three of the imams had engaged in prayer while still seated at the aircraft terminal. The six were allowed to board the plane, but were soon asked to leave after a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant. The captain of the aircraft, as well as some security workers, asked the six imams to get off the airplane. After the six refused, the police were called.

The police detained the six for questioning, and U.S. Airways refused to allow the six imams back onto any other U.S. Airways’ aircraft.

If people of the Christian or Catholic faith started praying in public at an airport terminal, would there be a problem? Would somebody pass a note to a flight attendant because of a Christian prayer? I highly doubt such an incident would take place. My question is, why the double standard? Why can’t a Muslim say his prayers at an aircraft terminal without having all of the other passengers feel like they were next in line for some suicide mission?

Any thoughts?

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Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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