Sunday, October 28, 2007

UK Muslim MP Seething After Airport Incident

Perhaps had his fellow Muslims not become such a nuisance by flying planes into buildings and murdering innocent people worldwide, this poor fellow wouldn't have to suffer through the humilating indignity of having his bags checked and waiting around for 40 minutes.

Plenty of flyers out there going through this. Get used to it.

Muslim minister detained at airport
Britain's first Muslim minister said he was "deeply disappointed" after being detained at an American airport where his hand luggage was analysed for traces of explosive materials.

Shahid Malik, MP for Dewsbury and International Development Minister, was returning to Heathrow after a series of meetings and talks on tackling terrorism, when he was stopped at Dulles Airport in Washington DC.

He was searched and detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - the same department whose representatives he had been meeting on his visit to the country.

Mr Malik said: "After a few minutes a couple of other people were also taken to one side. We were all Muslims - the other two were black Muslims, both with Muslim names."

Mr Malik said he was particularly annoyed as a similar thing happened to him last year, when he was detained for an hour at JFK airport in New York by the DHS - despite the fact that he was a keynote speaker at an event organised by the department, alongside the FBI and Muslim organisations in New York.

The theme of that speech was tackling extremism and defeating terrorism.

Mr Malik said he received numerous apologies and assurances from the USA authorities after that incident.

After his detention, which lasted about 40 minutes, he said: "I am deeply disappointed.
I guess next time he comes to visit DHS, we just just let him through, no questions asked.

We just can't bother worrying about the risk of terrorism when the delicate feeling of Muslims are involved.

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