Friday, October 20, 2006

Man Not Allowed on Plane Unless A Translator Could Come Read the Arabic on his T-Shirt

Synopsis: Mr. Jarrar is a resident of California and of Iraqi ethnicity. He is a peace activist. He explains his dramatic and illegal ordeal when taking a domestic flight from JFK, in which he was told by airport security and JetBlue that he was not permitted to get on the plane unless he removed his t-shirt with Arabic script. One week later, in an experimental protest, four anglo-women wore the same shirts en masse and had no trouble at all.

Source (where you can purchase above depicted T-Shirts as well):

"I went to JFK in the morning to catch my Jet Blue plane to California. I reached Terminal 6 at around 7:15 am, issued a boarding pass, and checked all my bags in, and then walked to the security checkpoint. For the first time in my life, I was taken to a secondary search . My shoes were searched, and I was asked for my boarding pass and ID. After passing the security, I walked to check where gate 16 was, then I went to get something to eat. I got some cheese and grapes with some orange juice and I went back to Gate 16 and sat down in the boarding area enjoying my breakfast and some sunshine.

At around 8:30, two men approached me while I was checking my phone. One of them asked me if I had a minute and he showed me his badge, I said: "sure". We walked some few steps and stood in front of the boarding counter where I found out that they were accompanied by another person, a woman from Jet Blue.

One of the two men who approached me first, Inspector Harris, asked for my id card and boarding pass. I gave him my boarding pass and driver's license. He said "people are feeling offended because of your t-shirt". I looked at my t-shirt: I was wearing my shirt which states in both Arabic and English "we will not be silent". You can take a look at it in this picture taken during our Jordan meetings with Iraqi MPs. I said "I am very sorry if I offended anyone, I didnt know that this t-shirt will be offensive". He asked me if I had any other T-shirts to put on, and I told him that I had checked in all of my bags and I asked him "why do you want me to take off my t-shirt? Isn't it my constitutional right to express myself in this way?" The second man in a greenish suit interfered and said "people here in the US don't understand these things about constitutional rights". So I answered him "I live in the US, and I understand it is my right to wear this t-shirt".

Then I once again asked the three of them : "How come you are asking me to change my t-shirt? Isn't this my constitutional right to wear it? I am ready to change it if you tell me why I should. Do you have an order against Arabic t-shirts? Is there such a law against Arabic script?" so inspector Harris answered "you can't wear a t-shirt with Arabic script and come to an airport. It is like wearing a t-shirt that reads "I am a robber" and going to a bank". I said "but the message on my t-shirt is not offensive, it just says "we will not be silent". I got this t-shirt from Washington DC. There are more than a 1000 t-shirts printed with the same slogan, you can google them or email them at . It is printed in many other languages: Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, English, etc." Inspector Harris said: "We cant make sure that your t-shirt means we will not be silent, we don't have a translator. Maybe it means something else". I said: "But as you can see, the statement is in both Arabic and English". He said "maybe it is not the same message". So based on the fact that Jet Blue doesn't have a translator, anything in Arabic is suspicious because maybe it'll mean something bad!

Meanwhile, a third man walked in our direction. He stood with us without introducing himself, and he looked at inspector Harris's notes and asks him: "is that his information?", inspector Harris answered "yes". The third man, Mr. Harmon, asks inspector Harris : "can I copy this information?", and inspector Harris says "yes, sure". Inspector Harris said: "You don't have to take of your t-shirt, just put it on inside-out". I refused to put on my shirt inside-out. So the woman interfered and said "let's reach a compromise. I will buy you a new t-shirt and you can put it on on top of this one". I said "I want to keep this t-shirt on". Both inspector Harris and Mr. Harmon said "No, we can't let you get on that airplane with your t-shirt". I said "I am ready to put on another t-shirt if you tell me what is the law that requires such a thing. I want to talk to your supervisor". Inspector Harris said "You don't have to talk to anyone. Many people called and complained about your t-shirt. Jetblue customers were calling before you reached the checkpoint, and costumers called when you were waiting here in the boarding area". It was then that I realized that my t-shirt was the reason why I had been taken to the secondary checking. I asked the four people again to let me talk to any supervisor, and they refused.

The Jet Blue woman was asking me again to end this problem by just putting on a new t-shirt, and I felt threatened by Mr. Harmon's remarks as in "Let's end this the nice way". Taking in consideration what happens to other Arabs and Muslims in US airports, and realizing that I will miss my flight unless I covered the Arabic script on my t-shirt as I was told by the four agents, I asked the Jet Blue woman to buy me a t-shirt and I said "I don't want to miss my flight."
She asked, what kind of t-shirts do you like. Should I get you an "I heart new york t-shirt?". So Mr. Harmon said "No, we shouldn't ask him to go from one extreme to another". I asked mr. harmon why does he assume I hate new york if I had some Arabic script on my t-shirt, but he didn't answer.

The woman went away for 3 minutes, and she came back with a gray t-shirt reading "new york". I put the t-shirt on and removed the price tag. I told the four people who were involved in the conversation: "I feel very sad that my personal freedom was taken away like this. I grew up under authoritarian governments in the Middle East, and one of the reasons I chose to move to the US was that I don't want an officer to make me change my t-shirt. I will pursue this incident today through a Constitutional rights organization, and I am sure we will meet soon". Everyone said okay and left, and I went back to my seat. At 8:50 I was called again by a fourth young man, standing with the same jetblue woman. He asked for my boarding pass, so I gave it to him, and stood in front of the boarding counter. I asked the woman: "is everything okay?", she responded: "Yes, sure. We just have to change your seat". I said: "but I want this seat, that's why I chose it online 4 weeks ago", the fourth man said " there is a lady with a toddler sitting there. We need the seat."

Then they re-issued me a small boarding pass for seat 24a, instead of seat 3a. They said that I can go to the airplane now. I was the first person who entered the airplane, and I was really annoyed about being assigned this seat in the back of the airplane too. It smelled like the bathrooms, which is why I had originally chosen a seat which would be far from that area.

It sucks to be an Arab/Muslim living in the US these days. When you go to the middle east, you are a US tax-payer destroying people's houses with your money, and when you come back to the US, you are a suspected terrorist and plane hijacker."


Anonymous said...

An Unreleased Lady GaGa Hit was Unsealed this evening with no traces of where it originated from.
Some say that it was found in GaGa's Record Label's headquarters.

More info at

Free Download of the single at

Anonymous said...


[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we have been using [url=]Xrumer[/url] for a wish immediately for the time being and remember how to harness the enormous power of Xrumer and turn it into a Spondulix machine.

We also purvey the cheapest prices on the market. Diverse competitors desire charge 2x or square 3x and a lot of the continuously 5x what we charge you. But we maintain in providing prominent mending at a low affordable rate. The unbroken incidental of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper surrogate to buying Xrumer. So we plan to abide by that mental activity in mind and outfit you with the cheapest grade possible.

Not just do we take the greatest prices but our turnaround time after your Xrumer posting is wonderful fast. We will take your posting done to come you distinguish it.

We also produce you with a ample log of successful posts on different forums. So that you can catch a glimpse of seeking yourself the power of Xrumer and how we be struck by harnessed it to emoluments your site.[/b]

[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can trust to distinguish thousands upon thousands of backlinks over the extent of your site. Many of the forums that your Location you intent be posted on get acute PageRank. Having your tie-in on these sites can deep down help strengthen up some crown dignity endorse links and genuinely aid your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating utterly the roof.

This is making your site more and more popular. And with this better in regard as well as PageRank you can think to appreciate your site really rank high-pitched in those Search Motor Results.

The amount of traffic that can be obtained by harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your plat to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may still be publishing your site to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Imagine 1 collection on a all the rage forum drive usually cotton on to a leave 1000 or so views, with communicate 100 of those people visiting your site. Now imagine tens of thousands of posts on popular forums all getting 1000 views each. Your see trade longing function at the end of one's tether with the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or exotic far your site. Envision how assorted sales or leads you can achieve with this colossal figure up of targeted visitors. You are truly stumbling upon a goldmine friendly to be picked and profited from.

Remember, Shipping is Money.


Anonymous said...

[url=]kariba caribbea bay resort casino [/url]
[url=]casino river belle [/url]
[url=]casino gioco [/url]
[url=]juego casino gratis espanol [/url]
[url=]convenio casino madrid grupo cotizacion [/url]
[url=]casino carrera de caballo [/url]
[url=]internet casino bonus [/url]
[url=]stardust casino [/url]
[url=]palm beach aruba marriott resort stellaris casino [/url]
[url=]tropicana casino atlantic city [/url]
[url=]casino gioco [/url]
[url=]tropicana casino nj [/url]
[url=]best casino http a1 casino com [/url]
[url=]casino mirage sac [/url]
[url=]casino game rental [/url]
concesion gran casino nervion
[b]anadir sitio buscador casino[/b]
casino and bingo and blackjack
juegos de casino para jugar en linea
[b]apuesta deportiva casino[/b]
casino internacional pagina internet
[u]casino network com[/u]
caesars palace casino
safe online casino
[b]tecnica ganar maquinita casino[/b]
cd rom gratis casino portal internet
casino uk

Anonymous said...

Lose Crawling Downloads Using NZB Downloads You Can Hastily Find HD Movies, Games, Music, Software & Download Them at Fast Rates


Anonymous said...

Good brief and this mail helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you seeking your information.

Anonymous said...

Predilection casinos? seal of consent on this energetic [url=]casino[/url] president and wing it restrict online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at .
you can also discontinuation our reported [url=]casino[/url] orientate at and overwhelmed chief folding transmutation !
another lone [url=]casino spiele[/url] trickery is , in consideration german gamblers, stick in manumitted online casino bonus.

Anonymous said...

Approve of Our Nightfall darkness Prices at, The Notable [b][url=]Online Chemist's workshop [/url][/b] To [url=]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Twig Reserved Deals When You [url=]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Foster a Persuasive Generic [url=]Phentermine[/url] As a armed forces to Your Regimen ! We Hawk Business mark [url=]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=]Generic Viagra[/url] !

Anonymous said...

My friend and I were recently discussing about how technology has become so integrated in our day to day lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside... I just hope that as memory becomes cheaper, the possibility of copying our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could encounter in my lifetime.

(Posted on Nintendo DS running [url=]nintendo dsi r4i[/url] DS scPost)

Anonymous said...

Well I to but I dream the brief should prepare more info then it has.

Anonymous said...

Interesting story you got here. I'd like to read something more concerning this matter. Thanx for sharing that data.

Anonymous said...

Someone deleted several links from quickfiles and mediafire ...

From now, we will use as our main [url=]url shortener[/url], so every link will be there and visible for everyone.

You can pick out from several great [url=]short url[/url] names like: and many others.

They have above 60 different ready domains and the [url=]url shortener[/url] service work well for free without any registration needed.

So we think it is good idea and suggest you to use [url=]url redirect[/url] service too!

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm new around here, seems like a cool place though. I'll be around a bit, more of a lurker than a poster though :)
[url=]Acai Berry[/url]
Acai Berries
Acai Berry
Acai Berry

Anonymous said...

[b]Website Traffic[/b]

A new way to get traffic to your website. Not only will you get loads of [url=]traffic[/url] more and more everyday you will also get backlinks with all the other sites on the [url=]grid[/url] getting you a better search engine ranking which will get you even more [url=]website traffic[/url].Get on the pixel grid today and let the traffic come to you.Taking the internet by storm.The new way to advertise.


Anonymous said...

Making money on the internet is easy in the undercover world of [URL=]adsense blackhat[/URL], You are far from alone if you don't know what blackhat is. Blackhat marketing uses not-so-popular or little-understood methods to build an income online.

Anonymous said...

You could easily be making money online in the hush-hush world of [URL=]blackhat forums[/URL], You are far from alone if you have no clue about blackhat marketing. Blackhat marketing uses not-so-popular or misunderstood ways to build an income online.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

[url=]Porn video online[/url]
[url=]Porn video download[/url]
[url=]Porn video torrent[/url]
[url=]Gay porn online[/url]
[url=]Teen porn online[/url]
[url=]Free porn videos online[/url]
[url=]Best porn video[/url]

Anonymous said...

online surveys

Anonymous said...

address for [b]download software for windows[/b] are available at:

download software for windows
[url=http://www.downloadsoftwareforwindows]download software for windows[/url]

[url=http://www.downloadsoftwareforwindows/products/download-sudoku/productpage.php]download sudoku[/url]

download apple tv video converter

Anonymous said...

It is rather interesting for me to read that blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Joan Benedict

Anonymous said...

top [url=]uk online casino[/url] hinder the latest [url=]casino online[/url] manumitted no deposit bonus at the leading [url=]unshackle casino games

Anonymous said...

Hello. Facebook takes a [url=]no deposit casino bonus[/url] daresay on 888 casino apportion: Facebook is expanding its efforts to introduce real-money gaming to millions of British users after announcing a sell with the online gambling proprietorship 888 Holdings.And Bye.

Anonymous said...

Handsome formal on July 1 in control of does obeisance to melon benevolence head before the autograph will be bought cling to Sa young general
On the west intermediary cut screen
Diaola will be in melon of phoenix sports dispatch issue a sports season to teach Bai Renzao is already final, he will take a risk newly in heart armour open, according to Spain " world sports signs up for " latest news, melon commander in chief will do obeisance to Ren Muni black club in formal on July 1 this year in control of, and the brushstroke after he assumes office brought aid to also get exposure, before cling to an autograph after Bo Diya of young general of Sa B team will become admire general to assume office, additionally man of dagger of equestrian contest halfback also is a target, the first knife after Diaola assumes office chops melon to hind line of defence.
This year on January 17, club of Munich [url=]air max shoes[/url] of heart Jia Bairen announces to begin from next sports season, melon Diaola replace sea Yinkesi holds the position of black group of Bai Renmu Buddhist nun advocate handsome, contract period is 3 years, the yearly salary of admire general is before duty 17 million euro, before cling to Sa advocate the handsome Bai Ren that pull a hand beyond the anticipation of personage of a lot of footballs, the success of line of Europe coronal belt that what nevertheless heart armour giant values most is him and help advance somebody's career the ability of young player.
Bai Renmu Buddhist nun is at present black advance triumphantly in Dejia, europe coronal league matches also was entered 8 strong, although Yinkesi brings the of great capacity group success indeed pretty good, but basis " world sports signs up for " latest news, diaola enters melon formally advocate the date of the field that install couplet is already definite, on July 1, he will be formal ferula of Bai Ren of in control of, he is in open of De Jia teach career, and after Diaola assumes office, melon is unavoidable enlarge an army, foster direct line of descent, it is reported, him very before appreciation cling to Bo Diya of young general of Sa B team, hope he can enhance Bai Ren hind prevent actual strength.
The effectiveness before suborder of rich the base of a fruit Yusaiweiliya, department office halfback, he is in camp of Ba Saqing example was joined when 14 years old 2003, enter after two years cling to Sa sports team, bo Diya of 2009-10 sports season is leased ability of rare Hong Jing, win brunt seat, come on the stage 26 times in league matches, among them 25 take up the post of a hair halfback, turn freely after sports season ends can hope big athletics, be in early 2011, ba Saceng counter-purchases the Bodiya that shows scene of purpose, did not fulfil the action finally to go up nevertheless, instead is Saiweiliya skill bought Bodiya. Basis " daily sports signs up for " report, the social status before suborder of rich the base of a fruit is in about 6 million euro, this is not what big price really Bai Ren to, do not give an accident, bo Diya will become melon Diaola is entered advocate first autograph of Bai Ren is made an appointment with.
Besides Bodiya, the halfback dagger man that shows group of athletics of Madrid of effectiveness Yu Xijia also is the target that Diaola seeks melon, ge Ding's current social status is 15 million euro, very apparent, diaola is opposite melon Bai Ren's line of defence is very at present malcontent, after he assumes office, can prevent to Bai Ren hind above all undertake transforming, although,existing halfback Bader applies Teng Siren of A of Tubeier, Fan Biteng, red spy, rich actual strength not common, but they are facing the risk that loses the seat.
(henry 14)

Anonymous said...

Yaoming surpasses commissioner and 3 elder to make component together into highest complete star
Yao Ming was being accepted yesterday when interviewing, laugh say, oneself affiliation is great the average age that lowered commissioner group. In this 4 people, aolazhu flourishing this year 50 years old, deleikesile is 51 years old, mu Dashu is 47 years old, yao Ming is the smallest have 33 years old. Before Yao Ming paragraph time arrives at the United States, spend a snake in all in strange parents with the body year the Spring Festival, commissioner that becomes complete star to surpass the contest that buckle basket, it is Yao Ming appear on complete star in order to be not player identity to surpass for the first time. In the Yao Ming in player career ever 8 selected complete star. Press regulation, 4 judgments can control the [url=]nike for cheap[/url] outcome with the first-run contest that buckle basket only. The final result of finals, criterion by fan vote. The complete star this year buckles strong opponent of basket contest it may be said to gather, take part in the match the player includes " miniature Zhanmusi " Bulaidesuo, " half animal person " Faliaide, " history go up to buckle basket king the most by force " Zhanmusi White, . Be sure to have a fierce struggle between two evenly-matched opponents one time at the appointed time.
Yao Ming still was in yesterday cease Si Duilian add entered several commonweal activity, he gives giraffe to feed personally in the zoo feed, still attended " Lin Shuhao foundation " establish a ceremony, do commonweal to publicize together with Lin Shuhao, Mu Dashu, appeal people does not want edible fim.
Special remind: CCTV, 5 today 10 00 Xin Xiusai of direct seeding complete star Barkley team VS O'Neil team, tomorrow 9 30 star direct seeding 3 minutes of ball game are mixed completely the contest that buckle basket, acquired 9 00 ministry of direct seeding thing complete star is surpassed.
(Reporter Huangyi but)