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The Six Imams Deserved to Get Kicked Off of the Plane?

I wrote about how six Imams were kicked off of a plane because of their prayers beforehand in the airport terminal. I asked the question, “Is Praying at an Airport Inappropriate Behavior?” From the article I read from Fox News, the six Imams were doing a lot more than praying.

Three of the Imams had one-way tickets, most of the six requested seatbelt extensions (typically used by obese people), the six didn’t sit in their assigned seats, and some of the six were heard chanting anti-American propaganda. On top of praying in the airport terminal, the additional behaviors raised enough suspicion to remove the six individuals from the U.S. Airways flight.

I hate to state the obvious, but nobody at an airport wants to be next in line for a suicide mission. The behavior of the six Imams was very unacceptable, especially in a country that so vividly remembers what happened on September 11th. On an airplane with many other people, that last thing a person should do is draw attention to himself. It makes the other passengers uncomfortable, and decreases the perception of safety of the airline.

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.

1 thought on “The Six Imams Deserved to Get Kicked Off of the Plane?”

  1. I think the US authorities sent a clear message. You give a finger they take your entire body let alone the hand. We have been democratic for a long time but some times we need to put national interest in front of values like freedom of speech and expression.

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