September 30, 2001    





Do you fault the captian and co-pilot of the Delta flight recently, when they asked the foreign passenger to leave the plane before it took off?

No, I think everyone is a bit nervous at this time and if the captain felt this way, he should be able to use his judgement.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

Yes. If you're not comfortable with your security kick everyone off or just leave the plane yourself.

Alias Irrelevante

I wasn't in their shoes, so I am reluctant to fault them. I am, however, fearful that the liberties of our citizens, upon which our country was founded, will be curtailed in the name of security.

Jane, 60
West Linn

I'm afraid I don't know too much about this story. If they really thought he/she posed a threat, then by all means they should have been kicked off. But if it was simply a question of being the "wrong race at teh wrong time" then no, the pilot was very wrong and very confused.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I haven't heard about the situation (I am doing everything I can to avoid the news), so I'll reserve judgment. Prejudice is bad, though. I'll say that much.

Karen, 22

Not even just a little tiny bit. And I don't envy them (pilots) their jobs these days either...that's a whole LOT of responsibility. More than it was even just three weeks ago. Right now? I wouldn't blame them for asking ANYONE suspicious looking/acting to leave their airplane; doesn't matter what color, creed etc.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

Actually, I hadn't even heard about it. Interesting what people assume we know, isn't it?

etoile, 20

Yes. If racial profiling begins to persist because of terrorism, then what kind of freedom do we have left to defend? Fear is no excuse for racism.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

I hadn't heard about that. Yes, thats disgusting and immoral.

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

No i don't... if it caused the other people on the plane to be uncomfortable, then they had the choice to either lose 3 customers or 100 customers. which would u choose? and i know people think those 3 guys were the victims of discrimination, but can u honestly tell me u would be 100% comfortable sitting next to an Arab person on an airplane after the events that took place recently in New York? no, it's not fair, but neither is the WTC terrorist attack.

Mandi, 16
Lake City
, MN    USA

I don't know enough about that particular instance to comment.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA


Jill, 60

yes. They did not have to do that.


I didn't hear about this one. If the only reason to kick the person off was because he /she looked a certain way. That is out in out wrong. If the person was causing some sort of disturbance, then asking the person to leave was probably a good precaution at this time.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

I'm not familiar with this particular story but I think I know what happened and no, I don't fault anyone. I would strongly object normally but this is not a normal time. Most people are scared because the news has been telling us that what we have experienced so far is probably not the end of terrorist attacks on this country and most people don't want to take ANY chances. It's like when AIDS first started. No one was sure how the disease was spread at that time but most folks didn't want to take chances of  them or their family 'catching' it.

Reba, 51+
Silver Spring

I'm not familiar with this story. I know one thing though, if I paid for my ticket and stood in line for this plane with the rest of you, I'll be damned if I'd let myself be removed just because of my looks.

Kristin, 20

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