College student Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, 26, was booted off his Southwest Airlines flight in California last week because a woman sitting nearby was freaked out hearing him speak Arabic when he made a quick call to his uncle before takeoff.
That is speaking another language. It is not terrorism.
Ninth-grader Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was interrogated, handcuffed and arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Tex., for bringing his homemade digital clock to school last fall — teachers thought it might be a bomb.
That is a Muslim kid being smart and awesomely geeky. It is not terrorism.
What’s even scarier is the “something” that was part of a leaked TSA checklist that made the rounds recently, which included such gems as “arrives late for flight,” “increased perspiration,” “increased breathing rate” or “excessive fidgeting.” That describes just about every parent who has ever flown anywhere with small children.
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