Two men were on a flight to Chicago from Boston when federal authorities removed and questioned them, then allowed them back on the plane. One passenger, however, wasn’t happy with that outcome.
The men, aboard early morning United Flight 636, were questioned by authorities and returned to the plane, only to be removed again after at least one passenger complained, passengers said after they arrived at O’Hare International Airport.
Boston Marathon finisher Matt Pomeroy, 34, and his wife Elizabeth, 33, said all seemed calm until a federal agent and a Massachusetts police officer walked onto the plane and removed two male passengers.
“The two men were taken off the plane for about 15 minutes,” said Matt Pomeroy, of Johnson Creek, Wis. “They were then allowed back on but started to act suspicious.”
First, they were questioned and allowed to return to the plane. If they were a threat, they would not have been allowed back on the plane. Second, what does this man consider to be suspicious?
The men, who were rows apart, began talking in a foreign language and using head and hand gestures to communicate, he said.
How is this not normal? You are seated apart from your traveling companion all the time now as airlines have begun charging fees to seat people together. The men had just been pulled off the plane and questioned. Wouldn’t it be more likely that they were cleared by authorities and they were just discussing what happened to them? Using hand gestures is perfectly normal. Hand gestures tend to get larger and more emphatic when a person is agitated. A more likely scenario is that the two were saying something along the lines of, “This is fucking ridiculous,” because of what just happened.
“Everyone was already nervous that they were getting back on because we didn’t know what was going on.”
Because it’s none of your damned business. Whatever happened when the men were off the plane talking to authorities is between the men and the authorities. It’s not your right to know what was discussed. Again, if they were a threat at all, they wouldn’t have been let back onto the plane.
Elizabeth Pomeroy said the two men seemed “jittery and jumpy” and were “acting suspicious.”.
Anyone would be a tad bit jumpy after having an entire plane watch as you disembark with authorities and then come back. What exactly does this woman mean by suspicious? We don’t know and we don’t know if this suspiciousness is a legitimate concern.
“They were talking to each other across the rows — that doesn’t normally happen,” Matt Pomeroy said.
Maybe not on your flights, but it certainly happens on thousands of other flights.
“I told the flight crew, ‘I don’t feel comfortable with this.’ And they felt the same exact way,” Siok said.
So, because you feel uncomfortable with people talking on a plane in another language, you have the authority now to get people kicked off their flight. You don’t even try to understand the situation or know that federal authorities have spoken to the men and allowed them to come back. You trusted the police to do their job after the bombings in town, but not federal law enforcement at the airport. You cannot have it both ways.
At the gate, multiple FBI agents and police officers boarded the plane and escorted the two men off, Matt Pomeroy said. The passengers deplaned for another check.
Pomeroy said he and others felt safer after the additional security sweep of the plane.
Yes, he “felt” safer. He wasn’t actually any safer than before. He just let his unjustified fear and bigotry rule the day.
“I’m glad he hit the call button — absolutely,” Matt Pomeroy said. “There wasn’t much communication, but I think everyone understood what was going on.”
There wasn’t much communication, most likely, because Pomeroy was probably the only one who really felt threatened by people speaking on a plane. If anyone else truly felt this way as well, the flight attendant’s call buttons would have been lit up across the plane.
“Many of the marathon runners on the plane didn’t have places to be today,” Siok said. “You know, it’s better safe than sorry.”
If Siok actually felt this way, then why did he not accept that the federal authorities cleared these men of whatever they were questioned about? Again, if the federal authorities thought these men were even remotely a threat, they would never have allowed the two men to return to the plane.
Yes, Boston was just bombed, but, seriously, people speaking a foreign language doesn’t mean that you’re magically some kind of terrorist. Given the fact that 63% of Arab-Americans are Christian, these bigoted idiots are bashing people who believe just as they do solely because they look and talk funny. While the bombings are over, the racism, hatred, and bigotry from this event will go on for years to come, destroying trust amongst Americans in the process.