Metro- Tahera Ahmad, who works at Northwestern University as director of interfaith engagement, spoke last night of the ‘disgusting behaviour’ of the airplane staff.
She was on a flight last night and asked for an unopened can of Diet Coke, which the attendant refused to give her due to the airline’s apparent policy.
Ahmad then noticed the same attendant giving an unopened can of beer to someone else, and confronted her.
According to Ahmad, the attendant said: ‘We are unauthorised to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane.’
She then allegedly gave the Muslim woman a can of Diet Coke, which she immediately opened so Ahmad didn’t ‘use it as a weapon’.
Shocked, Ahmad turned to her fellow passengers to ask if they had witnessed the ‘discriminatory and disgusting’ incident.
One of them told told her ‘you Muslim, you need to shut the f**k up’, as he also believed that she could use the can as a weapon.
You know, it really sucks when the facts of the story get in the way of your the preconceived angle you had already taken upon reading the title. I suppose even admitting that is a little racialist in itself. Regardless, I was all set to say that it's wrong to blame the airline for discriminating against a Muslim woman. All set to compare this situation to being biased against a female comedian. Sure this woman may be innocent, and the hypothetical comedian could be funny, but it's not our fault that we were skeptical. They should blame their predecessors for the stereotypes that have been perpetuated. Like they say, stereotypes do exist for a reason.
That's what I WAS going to say. You know, until I found out that this whole ordeal stems from a flight attendant denying a Muslim woman a fucking can of soda. Come on United Airlines. Veil your racism for me, one time. You got to pick and choose when you are going to judge a book by it's cover. Can't just go around pissing on every novel that's got some suspicious illustrations. Maybe give her a little pat down at security, but denying a can of Diet Coke? Everyone knows that Pepsi products make better shanks. Look, it's never right to assume that a Muslim individual is a terrorist. However, if you are going to do so you need to have a better screening process. I at least need the presence of an unkempt beard before I start denying innocent people their basic human rights. Don't waste your generalizations on a relatively good looking woman with a a purple tapestry draped over her head. Save it for the guy that looks like he has had his grooming privileges revoked for the last 5 years. It's never a good time to say "Yo Muslim, you need to shut the fuck up", but if you are going to say it have a little something to fall back on besides her headwear and skin color. For instance, a grimy ass beard.