23 April 2016
Now that Pope Francis made the wonderful symbolic gesture of flying twelve Syrian refugees to Rome on his plane, let’s take a look at what it’s like for Muslims flying on planes in the United States. If you’re Muslim, whether you’re a US citizen or not, it turns out you might want to allot a little extra time for being detained after getting kicked off your flight.
FBI: ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIMES UP 67 PERCENT IN 2015 Contributing to an overall uptick of 6.7 percent for hate crimes across the country. [Michael McLaughlin, HuffPost]
THE AFTERMATH OF THE UNITED INCIDENT The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating United Airlines for the treatment of a passenger who was forcibly dragged from a plane because the flight was overbooked. You can watch the disturbing video of the incident. According to the United CEO, the passenger was “belligerent.” Read the full text of the controversial letter here. The internet erupted with calls for a boycott with the hashtag, #UnitedJourney and compared the airline to “Fight Club.” And here’s a reminder: If an airline bumps you, they are supposed to pay you. [HuffPost]
A history of United Airlines’ scandals through the years.
THINGS FOR UNITED KEEP GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE The lawyer for David Dao, the man forcibly removed from the plane, says he suffered a broken nose, knocked-out teeth and a concussion, and that he’ll need facial reconstruction. Here’s why the event has resulted in such a visceral reaction from Asian-Americans, as well as how the United PR team could have handled this so poorly. And to compound it all, a scorpion stung a passenger after falling out of an overhead bin — and no, this is not some sort of promo stunt for “The Mummy.” [HuffPost]
The video of a 69-year-old doctor being beaten and dragged off a United Airlines flight by police in Chicago has generated widespread international outrage. Nearly half a billion people have viewed the video, including several hundred million people in China and Vietnam alone, where the beating was justifiably understood as an act of discrimination. The victim, David Dao, is a medical doctor based in Kentucky who was born in Vietnam: here.
Public anger around the world has continued to grow following the wide circulation on social media of videos showing police brutalizing a 69-year-old doctor, David Dao, and dragging him from a United Airlines flight last Sunday: here.
FEDERAL AUTHORITIES HAVE DECIDED NOT TO PUNISH UNITED AIRLINES Over the incident in April when Dr. David Dao was dragged off a United flight. [HuffPost]
United may get fined $435,000 for flying a plane that wasn’t “airworthy,” which makes everyone feel exceptionally safe.