Unchanged Prejudices

Nine (9) passengers -- two men and their families, and the sister-in-law of one of the men -- were removed from a plane at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA, when one man and his wife discussed aloud the safest place to sit on an airplane.

One of them had commented that the jets on the plane were right next to his window.

The airline refused to re-book them, even after the FBI was called in and determined that the incident was due to a misunderstanding.

A few relevant details:

  • One brother, 34 years old, is an anesthesiologist. 
  • The other brother, 29, is a lawyer.

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Those points alone should bring them under suspicion, no?  After all, a lawyer teamed with an anesthesiologist could painlessly fleece a plane full of passengers and the airline.  But perhaps that isn't enough -- after all, how many times have you had discussions (yes, even since 9-11) about where the safest place to sit on airplane was? 


Both brothers grew up in Detroit (so therefore they must be guilty of something, right?) and live in Alexandria with their families.  They were traveling to Orlando, Florida.  ...somehow, I'm still not getting the reason for tossing the family.

From the initial WaPo article detailing the incident: