Joking about acts of terrorism is never appropriate, especially on an airplane. However, this concept did not occur to nine Muslim men who were swiftly removed from an Ryanair airplane after shouting “Allahu Akbar” and announcing they were carrying bombs. As noted by RT, the Zaventem Airport was recently subjected to terror attacks that killed over 32 people and severely wounded more than 300 people. However, none of that mattered to the nine Muslim men who claimed they were joking, after being held accountable for their reckless conduct.
As a result of their carelessness, the other passengers were forced to undergo a two hour flight delay as authorities searched the premises to ensure the absence of any bombs or other ammunition. The aforementioned Muslim men were not only forced to de-plane, but also taken into custody.
A Ryanair spokesperson gave the following public statements about the unfortunate incident:
“Police removed and detained the individuals before the aircraft departed to Madrid. We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”
These men were incredibly foolish and reckless. What did they expect to happen? While they may have found their stunt to be amusing, the rest of the world didn’t. People took to social media, expressing their candid thoughts:
Made my day => 9 Muslims thrown off Ryanair flight for shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ https://t.co/llAbZYqkX3
— Sunil Kumar (@SunilKumarAus) September 5, 2017
— ??????????? (@RavenHUWolf) September 4, 2017
Where is the mainstream media outrage? Why are no major news outlets reporting on this? A plausible reason is that this story directly clashes with the played out narrative that Muslims are simply a poor, oppressed religious group constantly plighted with bearing the brunt of discrimination. These men knew exactly what they were doing and simply did not care.
While this situation is unfortunate, thankfully, nobody was harmed. The nine men who thought their prank was funny now have to deal with law enforcement. Perhaps they will think twice next time before imitating and feigning terrorism.
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