Feb 1 2011
COPENHAGEN: Flying while Muslim is one thing. But Flying while Muslim AND Reading the Qur’an out loud, chanting “Allahu Akbar,” is enough to make the other passengers fear they’re going to die.
Joakim, from Arlöv (Sweden), converted to Islam four years ago. A coupe of days ago he was supposed to fly from Kastrup (Copenhagen) to London to visit friends. He boarded the plane and took out manuscripts about Islam. Among other things the text was about interpretation of religion statements.
The police were waiting outside and escorted him to a detention cell in the airport. “They said that I wouldn’t get to fly and asked me to try again another day. Then they would put me on the train to Malmö.”
After an interrogation and several hours in the cell, SAS changed its mind and let him fly to London.
Today he’s saddened by the response at Kastrup. “I feel terrible that they generalize like this. they seem to think that a religious Muslim is automatically a terrorist.” (A good guess)
SAS defends their actions and dismisses the claim that Joakim was thrown out of the plane because he was Muslim. (Yes, it was)
“It’s unfortunate that he was affected, because he’s innocent. But he made the staff and passengers concerned because he was reading out loud to himself. Then it’s the captain’s duty and right to put him out of the plane,” says spokesperson Mikkel Thrane.
Joakim did not get an apology from SAS and intends to pursue the matter further.