Friday, September 29, 2006

Watch out for that beard and dark complexion!

Last month, we mentioned the two Asian students who were thrown off a plane (en route from Malaga to Manchester) at gunpoint because other passengers "feared" they were terrorists or that other flight diverted because flight attendants smelled a strong odour after one of them discarded a bottle of water found behind a seat.
Well, the paranoia continues and it's looking more and more like collective hysteria:
A Spanish university professor with a long beard and dark complexion said Thursday he was briefly forced off an airliner during a layover on the Spanish island of Mallorca by passengers who feared he was an Islamic terrorist.
"The pilot said the passengers believed I was a Muslim," Gutierrez Vega said.
On the runway, the pilot apologized for the incident and said he was willing to expel the passengers who confronted him and continue the flight with Gutierrez Vega on board. (The Seattle Times)
The irony is that all the 9/11 hijackers were clean-shaved anyway. And even if Gutierrez Vega were a Muslim.... so what?


At 00:39, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a pity ! let's keep in mind that "the dress does not make the monk"

At 01:39, Blogger Joker & Thief said...

I'm guessing you must be French. I don't think this works quite so nicely in English. "Don't judge a book by its cover" is the correct English proverb but unfortunately, it does not connote anything religiousn unlike the French one. Too bad, given the context.

At 12:59, Blogger Joker & Thief said...

BTW, I forgot to point out that monks probably don't wear "dresses" - although that's kind of a 'cute' idea.
They're more likely to wear "frocks"... maybe or a more general term like "garment"...

At 19:25, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx ;-)
You've got the point, I'm French.
It could be fun to read about the English equivalent of French proverbs when it comes. I mean, why not in a new post ?


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