Muslim siblings kicked off flight for ‘looking at IS propaganda’

Published: August 24, 2016
Sakina Dharas believes the accusation was maliciously made because she was wearing a headscarf PHOTO: Sakina Dharas/Al Jazeera

Sakina Dharas believes the accusation was maliciously made because she was wearing a headscarf PHOTO: Sakina Dharas/Al Jazeera

Three Muslim siblings were ordered off a flight last week after a passenger accused them of viewing Islamic State (IS) propaganda on their phones.

Sakina Dharas and her siblings were escorted off an easyJet plane for questioning while the plane waited. Dharas believes the accusation was made with malice as she was wearing a headscarf. The airline has apologised for the incident.

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Dharas, a pharmacist in London, was on her way to Naples for a weekend getaway along with her brother Ali and sister Maryam. During the interrogation, counter terrorism officers checked their phones and passports and informed them that a fellow passenger had “told us that you are members of IS and they have seen material on your phone,” Dharas said.

The family was allowed back on to the plane after an hour’s delay. According to Dharas, the only religious or Arabic material she had on her phone was an electronic copy of the Quran which she had not been looking at the time. “What really upsets me is that the accusers were not brought out of the plane and questioned at the same time,” she said.

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A spokesperson for easyJet said the three had been taken off the flight “following concerns raised by a passenger. The police then confirmed to the captain that the passengers were cleared to complete their journey and they reboarded the aircraft and the flight departed to Naples.”

“The safety and security of its passengers and crew is our highest priority which means that if a security concern is raised we will always investigate it as a precautionary measure. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to the passengers,” he added.

This article originally appeared on The Telegraph

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  • BrainBro
    Aug 24, 2016 - 12:38PM

    Headscarfs are a symbol of male oppression on women backed by tribal culture of the desert people. Recommend

  • O.T
    Aug 24, 2016 - 1:18PM

    And a binkini is a symbol of male obsession for women, backed by their lustful desires for the self satisfaction of the cosmopolitan people (aka concrete jungle people)Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Aug 24, 2016 - 1:35PM

    @brainbro Do you think its oppression. Its there own will to wear a scarf and a abaya. People look better in a scarf and its a sign of a muslim.Recommend

  • sana
    Aug 24, 2016 - 3:14PM

    some women are asked to wear scarves when they do not want to,
    but what about those women born and brought up in west who ‘chose’ to wear it of their free will, should they be discremnated as they use free will to select their attire?Recommend

  • Komal S
    Aug 24, 2016 - 3:23PM

    It is kind of a tough situation for the Airlines. A passenger complaints about a potential suspect. Airlines do not have a choice to ignore. Victim in this situation raised a fair question, that the person complained also should be taken off the plane to investigate. This may put more responsibility on the person complaining. Recommend

  • Abiola
    Aug 24, 2016 - 4:01PM

    let the oppressed speak and act for themselves. making such conclusions could go against their choice. Recommend

  • naeemhussain
    Aug 24, 2016 - 5:50PM

    @Komal S:
    Yes airlines do not have choice because the have to kick off Muslims. Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Aug 24, 2016 - 7:47PM

    Bikinis and scanty clothing are symbols of male lust that they forced female slaves to wear.Recommend

  • cautous
    Aug 24, 2016 - 10:20PM

    If you saw someone watching IS promotional material on your air flight — what would you do? If it were me I would raise a concern. A little research should indicate what he/she was watching and if it was IS promotional material he/she should be put on “no fly” list — if not they should get apology and reimbursement for airfare etc. Recommend

  • powayman
    Aug 24, 2016 - 10:51PM

    @Komal S: that the person complained also should be taken off the plane to investigate
    The only thing that accomplishes is promoting more PC crap which prevents people from reporting terrorist. Do they detain people who call in and report suspicious activity or crimes – nope. Recommend

  • M.S.
    Aug 25, 2016 - 6:03AM

    Some times non Muslims do cross the line as in this incident but real issue is that majority of Muslims are not getting it. They are still in some kind of illusion or unaware of seriousness of situation. Their dresses and behaviour is evident that they are in enemy’s camp. Be one and don’t show middle figure to main stream or be ready for more serious consequences.Recommend

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