UAE Wants Info On NC-To-DC Airplane Incident

The government of the United Arab Emirates wants more information about an incident in which several of its citizens were taken off a Washington-bound flight from Charlotte and rescreened by security.

In a Saturday statement, the country's embassy in Washington says it wants to hear from the Transportation Security Administration why the UAE students were detained on Thanksgiving. It also wants to know how such situations can be avoided in the future.

It calls the situation regrettable, but says officials are pleased the students eventually made it to Washington.

A TSA spokesman said the US Airways pilot requested Charlotte airport police assist in removing individuals from the plane because of a perceived security concern. TSA and airport police determined the individuals did not pose any security threat.


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  • by Woodrow Location: New Bern on Nov 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    I take that Charlotte - DC flight alot. If you want to re-screen someone, even a drunk American idiot, take him or her off and let the plane leave without them. But don't make everyone suffer on the tarmac!
  • by trapper Location: washington on Nov 27, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Watch out now, the price of oil-gasoline will be going up ! You can bet on it.
  • by Fran Location: Goldsboro on Nov 27, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    when will people get it through their thick skull terrorist come in more forms than just arab. Hello, when are people going to wake up and realise that? What about domestic terrorist there here American and active.
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      by Back on Nov 27, 2011 at 08:01 AM in reply to Fran
      You are right...tell that to obama whose administration as yet, to my knowledge, has refused to call the fort hood murderer a terrorist when all factual evidence indicates he killed in the name of islam. I say to h*** with the bleeding hearts antiprofiling views. My right to life and safety massively outwieghs any persons minor inconvenience....American or not. Sounds like there are several terrorist sympothizers on this site as it is.
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      by anon on Nov 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM in reply to Fran
      but they are trained by ARABS !!!
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      by Pirateperson on Nov 27, 2011 at 02:16 PM in reply to Fran
      Fran, I agree, but the most involved in attacks on the West for the past 40 years have been these slimy greaseballs.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Nov 27, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    It just amazes me how many of you bleeding hearts just block out 9-11 and the fact that we are at war with radical nuslims that want nothing more than to destroy America, its citizens, and our way of life. And the ones on this site that seem to be more concerned with offending someone rather than their own safety. Are you people really that weak minded and brain washed? Seems to be the case here. I praise the pilot and crew for putting the safety of the passengers ahead of the feelings of the detained foreighners. After 9-11 95% of you bleeding hearts were saying "do whatever it takes to prevent this from happening again". Now listen to your pathetic cries of racism, profiling, unfair treatment, etc... You come to the US, you follow our laws and acccept any precautionary treatment you may get while here. If you don't like it you have the option of not coming here. Common sense people here know who the true morons are....its very obvious to those that are not sheep.
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      by right on ! on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:45 PM in reply to Back
      AMEN!
  • by 40some on Nov 26, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    Some little old lady probably complained because she was screened and they weren't. Then, some american passenger got paranoid because a few arabs hijacked some planes and flew them into buildings. All they need to know.
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      by Audra - SoCal on Nov 27, 2011 at 08:00 AM in reply to 40some
      Everyone in America is paranoid now, and we have a right to be. The REAL problem is that these maniacs have rights that WE DON'T. I'd like to be able to wrap a scarf around my head and neck and be given a free pass too, but they would probably consider it a red flag because I don't look Arab. If you look like them and wear that garb, suddenly you have the right to pat your own head and neck to show there aren't any weapons and they can't grope you like our grannies and children are subjected to. Are you supporting THAT? FYI, no passenger complaint gets someone else screened. We're not in control of any of this, in case you missed it. We have no say in who does or does not get extra attention. In fact, the agents at the gate have more personal liberty about it than you may realize. When I flew Ontario-PGV a couple of months ago, the &%#! machine beeped for 5 or 6 of us in a row to "randomly" do the residue analysis. No big deal, wipe a cloth on my palms and stick in the machine, who cares. What was a big deal to me was hearing the agent tell someone else that "this thing needs to be adjusted" because it was selecting too many people. I wonder how many people know they can do that. A few more now at least. So if I'm to be delayed for no good reason, they can be too. Profile away.
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        by 40some on Nov 27, 2011 at 08:16 PM in reply to Audra - SoCal
        I support none of it. Last time I flew was the trip home from the middle east in the early 90's.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    "A TSA spokesman said the US Airways pilot requested Charlotte airport police assist in removing individuals from the plane because of a perceived security concern. TSA and airport police determined the individuals did not pose any security threat." It sounds like the pilot had a problem with some last names? If TSA had pulled them off I would be more willing to believe they fit some profile.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to
      Sounds like the pilot wants to do his own racial profiling. Sounds like outright racism or flag waving xenophobic hysteria.
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        by Pilot on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:25 AM in reply to
        Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to Pilot
          As a pilot, maybe you should fly somewhere and experience other countries first hand.
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          by voter on Nov 27, 2011 at 02:42 PM in reply to Pilot
          you sound like my kinda pilot.
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        by Pirateperson on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:57 AM in reply to
        And how many Jews and Americans do you let go into your beloved tent sheik empire to do business and live. They were all shoveling camel dung 40 years ago until we showed them how to refine oil. They didn't even have the technology to get it out of the ground. Now they act like they are civilized. Act!
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        by Pirateperson on Nov 27, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to
        Stereotypes don't come out of thin air. That's why people who are stereotyped don't like them! HaHaHaHa
  • by me on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    clifton nailed it..if you dont like TSA's profiling, don't come here
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      by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:28 PM in reply to me
      Typical ENC response. My country right or wrong. The USA is not the best.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:22 AM in reply to
        Such a typical ENC response just like the majority on this site. America is one of the worst and most corrupt countries in the world. "So why don't you move out the country Bo?" Already have.
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        by Pirateperson on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:58 AM in reply to
        Then go to the best country in your opinion.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 05:58 AM in reply to
        Then get the heck out then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Smart Location: Greenville on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Because MOST terrorist tend to be of Arab origin and the UAE does not run the US yet.....That's why.
  • by Theresa Location: Chocowinity on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    The pilot perceived a security risk he had every right to have them re-screened. Just because their Arabs does not excempt them from our security measures. Happens to lots of other travelers and we have to deal with it. Remember who brought this nightmare on the USA.
  • by agree on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    we have to profile.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:28 PM in reply to agree
      Yes. We did it ourselves.
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        by Pirateperson on Nov 27, 2011 at 05:00 AM in reply to
        Yes, by taking these backward desert dwellers and giving them the oil we found and had the technology to get out of the ground and refine. This is our thanks. The stupid liberals then thought. Hey, if we are nice they will like us. Instead, we subsidized our enemies with billions in resources to attack us. It is their creed. Read their book.
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