Ex-Flight Attendant on How to Deal Suspicious Passengers

“Ex-flight attendant here, day of the attempted shoe bombing a few years ago in London I was working in Chicago where flights had only just resumed. A lady in 1st class was steated next to a man reading a quran and dressed in traditional clothing. Just as we were about to do our safety announcement she gets up, walks down the aisle and taps me on the shoulder. She whispers to me ” We need to go back, the man next to me is reading from one of those books and how are we to know what it says?!?”. Took me a minute to realize who she was referring to, and asked to have the plane taken back to the gate. She refused to reurn to her seat and choose to sit in economy until we removed the passenger she was referring to. Once we got back she was slightly surprised to find that I had organized for her (and not the man she was complaining about) to catch another flight later that day after she had calmed down. Meanwhile back on the aircraft another passenger in 1st class had asked to switch seats and be moved next to the man in question and proceeded to spark conversation in order to make him feel less embarassed for the unwarranted event. I cannot speak for what occured in Boston but I want people to know that this kind of thing happens more than you may think. TL;DR Woman wanted a muslim man removed from our flight, so we removed her. Simple as that.”

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