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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Muslims to boycott United Airlines?

My first reaction to this Facebook post was "If Muslims are boycotting United, maybe I should start flying it." But on reading the post above in its entirety, I think it's made up. Come on - if you're posting from a flight where you've had a fight with a flight attendant, wouldn't you at least post some details about the flight? Origin? Destination? Flight number? United posted those details in an image that Tahera Ahmad posted here (post embedded below). I'm sure you'll all be shocked to discover that Ahmad is not just any Muslim.

Haaretz reports that the post above is leading to talk of a Muslim boycott of United.
The Facebook post went viral, and a #unitedfortahera hashtag immediately began trending worldwide. Many tweeps have threatened to boycott the airline until it issued Ahmad a formal apology.
According to a metro.co.uk report, United responded to the incident by saying that they were "a company that strongly supports diversity and inclusion, and we and our partners do not discriminate against our employees or customers. We are reaching out directly to Ms. Ahmad to get a better understanding of what occurred during the flight. We are also discussing the matter that Ms. Ahmad describes with Shuttle America, our regional partner that operated the flight. We look forward to speaking with Ms. Ahmad and hope to have the opportunity to welcome her back."
Next thing you know, they'll demand that United stop flying to Israel in return for removing their specious boycott.

My bet is that the whole story never happened. Has Al Sharpton taken it up yet?

Here's the second post:
I am truly dissapointed at the latest statement by United Airlines. Unfortunately United has dismissed my entire...
Posted by Tahera Ahmad on Sunday, May 31, 2015
I'll bet she's disappointed. She thought United would prostrate itself without first bothering to investigate whether the incident happened.


Ms. Ahmad's Facebook account seems to have been taken down (or I've been blocked from it), but she posted the entire second Facebook post on Twitter. I'm embedding it below and will take a screen cap just in case.

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At 4:56 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

It's probably some kind of law that you can't serve an open alcohol container. Alcohol regulations can be very odd. As far as soda cans in concerned, UA should just use those half sized cans.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Inmemoryof Yossi said...

It's not just you, unless it's not public. ( no more Facebook for, thanks to a tolerant liberal, who was anything but tolerant).
United should sue her for libel and slander. Teach them a lesson. But it won't. Islamaphobe.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Spin Back said...

I'd seen this around social media, and it didn't even occur to me that it could be a hoax. Shame on me. After living in Israel I should know better. Thanks for bring up this point!

At 10:42 PM, OpenID 60de785e-0896-11e5-b512-8fc00fd222d7 said...

הרב אלימאיר ליבערסון מארגנטינה גם בקש מהיהודים לא לנסוע ביוניט אירלינס משום שהם גזעונים ובפרט נגד מדינת ישראל


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