Prior to the beginning of the Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca) season, CAIR carefully warned American Muslims to be on the lookout for possible violations of their rights. Air travel being the ordeal it has become thanks to terror hijackers, a majority of whom on 9/11 were named Muhammad, those looking for reasons to complain will have no shortage of fodder.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is expected to hold a news conference today regarding the treatment of 40 American Muslim pilgrims - some from Canton, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights - who were allegedly denied passage on a flight to Detroit.
The men were reportedly denied boarding on Northwest Airlines Flight 51 from Germany on Jan. 7. CAIR-Michigan is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the incident.
Northwest spokesman Roman Blahoski said Monday that the passengers were denied boarding because they arrived for the flight just 20 minutes before departure, a violation of airline and governmental regulations.
"These passengers did not meet the standard check-in deadline of 60 minutes or onboard deadline of 20 minutes," he said. "It's nothing beyond that."
A loved one recently was denied boarding a flight after arriving with less than 60 minutes before scheduled departure. That is what happens. Get used to it. Thanks to hijackers proclaiming the glory of Allah, we are all in the same boat. Those anxious to find reasons to complain will always find something, of course.