Two Muslim women were escorted by armed police from a plane in LA after a member of cabin crew reported them for “staring” and filming a safety briefing.
The incident on Saturday March 5 was filmed by a fellow JetBlue passenger. Despite their apparent concerns, the aircraft took off from Boston uneventfully, however, as the plane landed in LA police officers boarded the jet where the hijab wearing women were singled out.
The 1 minute 18 seconds video of the women being escorted off Flight JB487was posted on YouTube by Mark Frauenfelder whose friend Sharon Kessler captured the moment on her mobile phone.
Frauenfelder said is friend posted details of what happened on her Facebook account.
Kessler wrote: “It was a terrible moment, honestly these women sat quietly, watched movies — it felt like overkill from this flight attendant.”
Frauenfelder spoke with his friend who said the flight attendant “casually relayed to a coworker that she didn’t appreciate being stared at – she did not seem rattled or scared – just smug. Then – after we landed – she announced that the authorities would be boarding the plane and to remain in our seats with seat belts.”
In a statement to The Muslim News JetBlue said one of the women appeared to be filming certain in-flight procedures which can present a security issue.
“Our crewmembers’ first priority is the safe and secure operation of our flights, and as a security precaution, are asked to be aware of anyone who may be filming or taking photographs of inflight procedures or the flight deck area,” said a spokesman for the airline.
“If a crewmember believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crewmember may report it for further review. In this instance, our crewmembers acted in accordance with security procedures. We appreciate our customers’ patience and cooperation, and apologize for the inconvenience.”