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Muslim-like Arab Looking Airline Passengers

Updated on April 20, 2016

Terrorism as it is promoted by the radical Islamic Muslims has caused Arab looking passengers on US flights trouble. It is a by-product of today’s world, whether you like it or not for many Arabs or other Muslims flying on U.S. commercial airlines.

This issue was brought to light on April 9, 2016, when a California-Berkeley student boarded a Southwest airlines with the name Khairuldeen Makhzoomi. He is an American Iraqi. Besides pronunciation issues for Americans, he was flying out of NYC after he had attended an event at the United Nations. While on the aircraft, before take off, he called his uncle who lives in Baghdad. Their conservation was in Arabic and brief. His uncle told him to call him when he arrived in Oakland, CA. The student, in Arabic, said “God willing” (this Arabic word is: Inshallah). A woman nearby heard the word and this began an unbelievable series of sequences.

The woman reported to the flight attended, who they conveyed this to the pilot, who then called airport security. Within two minutes time, police arrived and asked the man to leave the aircraft. He objected and was forced to leave. That is not all. His luggage was searched, he was questioned for a long period, they took his wallet. Makhzoomi, despite being American Muslim, could not believe what had happened and the Islamophobia of Americans. When he finally was released and returned to the same airline to catch another flight back- he was refused. Now, he really felt like an oppressed American!

That short call to his uncle in his native tongue coupled with his Arab physical appearance sent shivers down that one American woman, enough to report him.

Whether Muslims like it or not, people are people. The old saying, “When in Rome, do as Romans do” is followed by the radical Islamic terrorists that bomb all the time. It means to not draw attention to yourself and applies to all smart travelers. For many Arabs, it means do not speak Arabic or other Islamic languages on the flight because using the native language with your Arab looks may cause the same thing to happen. What you wear may draw more scrutiny on you than you would like. If you are flying to Western country, dress as they do.

Many Arab and Muslim passengers now delete their ethnic and religious identities when flying to mitigate how Islamophobia may impact them in a negative way. They speak English only. The Jews tried this in WW2 but their names usually gave them away. Eventually, Hitler made it mandatory that all Jews where the Star of David symbol. Other Arabs or Muslims, choose to be defiant and proudly speak their native tongue in an effort to challenge authorities. Yet, when they are detained and miss their flight, I wonder if they will continue to do that?

I was on a flight back from the Philippines and sat next to a Muslim. I would never had guessed it until she told me. Her English was good and her appearance showed no religious belief. Now, if this same woman was draped in Muslim dress and spoke Arabic, it still would not bother me, but I am sure the flight attendants and pilots might feel otherwise.

That is how it is for innocent Muslims and Arabs in general when flying. They fear something crazy will happen to them at the ticket counter or on the plane, and, non-Arab or Muslims fear them because terrorists are Muslim that blow up airplanes. It is not right but it is how it is in today’s world.

You can thank al-Qaeda, Islamic State, and other Muslim terrorists, who conduct these attacks and use “Inshallah” in their praise. Every society is altering because of them.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      @emge- I agree 110%, the moderate Muslims are silent out of fear. If they were to have mass demonstrations like Black Lives Matter, Muslims would be viewed very differently. They are afraid of reprisals.

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      2 years ago from California

      My great grand parents forbade the whole family from speaking German during WWI. There is nothing new under the sun. Headed out of the country tomorrow. Will be interesting how this all makes the trip different from other trips.

    • emge profile image


      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      I think theMuslims have brought it on them, by not vociferously opposing the extremists in Islam. Fact remains so called moderates are silent.


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