Sunday, August 20, 2006

Suspicious minds

News just in from the BBC...

'Suspicious' pair taken off plane

Two men were taken off a flight bound for Manchester after some passengers became alarmed about what they regarded as suspicious behaviour. People on the Airbus 320 at Malaga alerted staff and demanded their removal, Monarch Airlines said.

The pair were subsequently taken from flight ZB 613, carrying 150 passengers and seven crew, early on Wednesday. Two men, reported to be of Asian or Middle Eastern appearance, were questioned for several hours. Flight delay Authorities allowed them to fly back to the UK later in the week. The plane had been due to take off about 0300 BST but was delayed by about three hours.

A spokesman for Monarch Airlines said: "There were two passengers on the flight who came to the attention of the other people because they were apparently acting suspiciously. "The flight attendants were sufficiently concerned to alert the crew who in turn informed the security authorities at Malaga airport." No details of their "suspicious" behaviour were revealed.

The Conservative homeland security spokesman, Patrick Mercer, described the incident as "a victory for terrorists". "These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally," he told the Mail on Sunday. "For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense."

Freedmanslife has noticed something interesting about this, which leads us to believe it's yet another of those Zionist conspiracies. The flight number, ZB613 - it sounds like one of those classic wind-up announcements that bored activists would put over the tannoys at NUS Conference (would the driver of blue and white Volvo numberplate E475 FZY please move their car). For the uninitiated (ie uncircumcised), E475 is a non-kosher E-number in food, FZY is a youth movement where we brainwash nice Jewish kids into the Green Lizardoid Plot, 613 is the number of mitzvot (rules and regs, heavenly-rewarded) in the Bible, and anything with a Z in it is something Zionist-related. In this case I propose Zionist Belligerence.

As Freedmansmother commented this morning, it seems rather unfair that two possibly Middle Eastern men, looking uncomfortable and talking in their native language, should be thrown off a plane at the passengers' request, having been cleared by security. After all, wouldn't we be rather peeved if two bubbes were thrown off a flight for gesticulating wildly and yabbering in yiddish? Well, firstly if that was a criterion for removal, no El Al flight would ever make it to the skies, and secondly, I am struggling to remember the last time there was an almost-daily terror alert in which the prime suspects were all Jews.

Any further suggestions on what coded message may be hidden in flight number ZB613 gratefull received...

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