Sep 4 2009
“American Airlines showed no bias against men of Iraqi descent when it grounded flight.”
It’s nice to know there’s at least one judge in America who can’t be intimidated by the CAIR Nazis and other Muslim pressure groups.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday ruled in favor of AMERICAN AIRLINES in a lawsuit by five men of Iraqi descent who claimed their nationality caused a captain to cancel a flight to Chicago in 2007. Capt. John Plummer’s decision to return to the gate in San Diego was not “arbitrary and capricious,” a key legal standard in the case, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said.
“The fact that the individuals who engaged in the suspicious conduct were of Middle Eastern/Iraqi descent does not support the conclusion that the decision to return to the gate was race-based rather than fact-based,” Borman wrote.
A woman who was uncomfortable got off the flight. Flight attendants called the cockpit to report that one of the men had a blanket over his head and had glared at a crew member during safety instructions.
Plummer described the behavior as “odd.” He returned the plane to the gate, and police interviewed the men. Everyone, including the Iraqi natives, departed San Diego the next day on another flight. American denied allegations of racial discrimination.
“The suspicious conduct at issue was not, as plaintiffs’ counsel characterized it at oral argument, ‘innocent’ or ‘completely silly,'” Borman said.
American was pleased with the judge’s decision. “We felt all along that the crew acted properly and were only doing so in the interests of safety. … There was never any ill intent on their part,” spokesman Tim Smith said.
At a court hearing in February, the men’s lawyer, Lawrence Garcia, said there would have been no suspicion if they were black or white. (That’s because black and white men don’t hijack planes and crash them into buildings)
“I disagree with the ruling,” he said. “The judge is accepting the facts as they were presented by American Airlines. He’s not allowing that there may be a more sinister way of viewing what happened here.” (Too damn bad, your terrorist look-alike clients lost) THE MORNING CALL