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Man booted from airplane for wearing anti
While trying to board a flight out of Buffalo, New York recently, a PhD student at Arizona State found out the hard way that being on a no fly list isn’t the only way to attract the attention of the TSA wearing a funny shirt will do the trick, too.
In a post published to his personal blog on Tuesday, a 31 year old doctoral candidate named Arijit recounts the horrors he experienced while attempting to fly from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Phoenix over the weekend after attending a funeral.
The article of clothing that caused such a concern was a red t shirt that featured a mock up of the US Department of Homeland Security’s seal, surrounded with phrases such as “Bombs ZOMG,” “ZOMG Terrorists” and “Alert level bloodred run, run take off your shoes.”Arijit says he made it through the Transportation Security Administration’s standard screening routine without incident and that he was only questioned after arriving at his departure gate. There, he says, a supervisor from Delta Airlines started inquiring about the clothing, and soon after Arijit was quickly interrogated by others.
“I politely explained that it was ‘mocking the security theater charade and over reactions to terrorism by the general public,'” Arijit writes. A supervisor for Delta Airlines, however, argued that it had made numerous passengers and employees “very uncomfortable.”
After being vigorously screened and questioned multiple times, Arijit says he was finally given permission, once more, to board his plane. The pilot of the aircraft, however, had had enough of the whole ordeal and asked the Delta supervisor to relay the message that, due to the discomfort the shirt had caused, neither Arijit nor his wife would be allowed to board the aircraft.
“Passengers on the plane supposedly felt uncomfortable with my very presence on the flight,” Arijit writes, “And the Delta manager went out of his way to point out that he wholeheartedly agreed with the pilot’s decision.”
“You’re f kidding me,” Arijit says he responded. “Why can’t I board? What’s the concern?”
“Just use your imagination,” the Delta supervisor informed him.
On his blog, Arijit says his reaction is still the same a few days later: “Wow.”
“Whatever I do, I am suspicious. Why?” he asks. “[It’s not] because the shirt I’m wearing presents some sort of legitimate threat. Not because I have weapons or potential bomb making tools in my luggage.
Not before being interrogated further, though, and this time by local law enforce Oakley Sunglasses ment officers with the NFTA. Even after being booted, Arijit says that transit cops questioned him relentlessly, asking him about where he got his shirt and for details about his family.
According to Arijits account, an NFTA officer named Mark radioed in on his walkie talkie for per Oakley Sunglasses mission to further interrogate the dangerous potential terrorist.
“He gave a stupid answer,” Arijit recalls hearing the officer say to a supervisor. “And he looks foreign.”
“Certainly he wasn’t implying that dark skinned people are not real Americans and that white people are the only true Americans,” Arijit writes in part of his snark filled synopsis. “Fortunately, Mark’s request was denied. Apparently, someone at NFTA recognized this bigoted meathead for the bigoted meathead he was and that nationality is simply a concept that exists solely on paper and cannot Oakley Sunglasses be discerned from just looking at someone.”
So af Oakley Sunglasses ter i got tired of little men and women wearing rubber gloves getting paranoid telling me to take my shoes/belt off scanning my bags, toshing through my stuff ,and in one case they broke a cd that was the program for my camera ,telling me i cant take that on or this and just through it in that container with the tons of other passengers stuff that they did not know would not be allowed on ,i just thought fkem iv had enough of flying and have not flown since ,