In October, a young woman named Tamika Cross was profiled on a plane—but not in the way you think. She’s a doctor, and when another passenger needed emergency medical help, a flight attendant said, “Oh, no, sweetie. Put your hand down. We are looking for actual physicians, or nurses, or some type of medical personnel. We don’t have time to talk to you.”
But that’s far from the latest story about some type of racial profiling on Delta Airlines.
In fact, just before Christmas, a New York City man says he was thrown off a plane for speaking Arabic on the phone.
He recorded the whole encounter from his phone.
The man, Adam Saleh, says he was removed from the plane, which was sitting at the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport because other passengers felt uncomfortable after hearing him speak Arabic.
Delta issued a statement that said, “Two customers were removed from this flight and later rebooked after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort. We’re conducting a full review to understand what transpired. We are taking allegations of discrimination very seriously; our culture requires treating others with respect.”
Delta has been in plenty of hot water recently, including for failing to stop an unhinged Donald Trump supporter from railing against Hillary Clinton on a flight full of people, as well as for removing a Muslim couple from a flight because their appearance made a flight attendant uncomfortable. (During that incident, the security official who questioned the couple allegedly said, “You did nothing wrong. That’s the way the world is right now.”)
What Do You Think?
Do you think, like the security official said, “That’s the way the world is right now”? How do you feel about the increase in racial profiling that seems to be washing over the entire world? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to share them on my Facebook page or on Twitter.