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Disabled NAACP Leader Kicked Off American Airlines Flight After Being Attacked by Republican

Rev. William Barber II, the leader of the “Moral Monday” protests in North Carolina has been attacked viciously vocally by racist conservatives. Now, how exactly American Airlines even imagined it was justified in removing the Pastor after being verbally assaulted by a man sitting behind him on a recent flight. I certainly hope he sues, and some racist flight attendants lose their jobs. Yet another case of the Carolina bigots feeling empowered by Trump’s racism

Rev. William Barber II (Facebook)

Rev. William Barber II

NAACP leader kicked off flight after confronting racist passenger — and conservatives pounce

The leader of North Carolina’s NAACP was removed from a flight over the weekend after he confronted another passenger who was insulting him — and the state’s Republican Party attacked him as a hypocrite.

The Rev. William Barber II, the founder of “Moral Monday” civil disobedience protests of GOP legislation, was removed from American Eagle Flight 5382 late Friday after flight attendants called him a “disruptive passenger,” reported the Charlotte Observer.

Barber purchased two seats on the flight so he could sit comfortably because he is disabled after undergoing bone-fusion surgery to treat his arthritis.

The civil rights leader said another man sitting behind him began loudly complaining about “those people” needing two seats and making other disparaging remarks about him and his disability.

The verbal abuse continued, even after Barber complained to a flight attendant, who asked the other man to “bring it down a little bit.”

“As I heard these things, I became more and more uncomfortable, especially since he was behind me,” Barber said in a statement. “The attitude with which he spoke, and my experiences with others who have directed similar harsh, sometimes threatening words, emails, and calls at me, came to my mind.”

Barber said he was unable to turn around to face the man because of his disability, so he stood up “to speak to him as one human being to another.”

“I asked him why he was saying such things, and I said he did not know me, my condition, and I added I would pray for him,” Barber said.

An airline official asked Barber to leave the plane at that point, before the crew had given safety instructions, and he was escorted off by police officers and airline employees — who he said treated him graciously.

Barber questions why he was removed for confronting a man who was attacking him, and he said he would speak with his attorneys about the incident.

Republicans, however, mocked the civil rights leader in a sarcastic statement questioning his character.

“I guess Rev. Barber thinks it’s ‘moral’ to inconvenience other passengers wanting to get home to see their families, because he once again thinks his ‘right’ to say and do whatever he wants is more important than other law abiding citizens who conduct themselves under society’s rules of civil behavior,” said Michele Nix, vice chair of the state GOP.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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Arline Security Incident in Flight to NYC

This one is strange. I am a frequent flyer, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to spend a moment longer than necessary in one of those tiny on-board bathrooms on a commercial airliner. They aren’t designed to be comfortable intentionally – to encourage passengers to spend as little time as possible – instead of taking a magazine to read half the flight preventing other passengers from having access.

So if 3 passengers lock themselves in, and refuse to come out – there’s a problem. a BIG problem. And with airplane food being confined to a bag of chips and a stale cookie anymore…

It wasn’t something they ate.

Definitely no room for a Jacuzzi...

Military jets safely escort flight to NYC

Two fighter jets escorted a New York-bound American Airlines flight from Los Angeles after three passengers locked themselves in the bathroom Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said.

A law enforcement official said it wasn’t thought to be terrorism, and American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said, “In our eyes, it’s a big nothing.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two F-16 jets to shadow Flight 34 until it landed safely at New York’s Kennedy Airport at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement.

The nature of the incident was unclear, but the passengers locked themselves in the bathroom and were still inside when the plane landed, the law enforcement official said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Law enforcement met the flight and will interview passengers, the TSA statement said. The FBI responded to the airport.

The jets intercepted the flight about 100 miles west of New York and shadowed it until it landed, said John Cornelio, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. He described the measure as precautionary.

Smith said a “security concern” was brought to the airline’s attention but the plane’s captain never declared any sort of security threat and never requested law enforcement help.

He said the crew used “normal procedures” to assess the circumstances and the plane landed as planned.

New York has been in a heightened state of security after federal officials received a credible but uncorroborated tip of a car bomb plot on the anniversary in either New York or Washington.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Domestic terrorism, News

 

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