An Aer Lingus passenger was thrown from a flight from Dubai Airport after he abused two Muslim passengers on board.
Khalid Wafiq Kamel, who also boarded the flight to Berlin, witnessed the entire scene and was very impressed by the fact the airline crew chose to penalize the abuser, rather than the two innocent Muslim men he was mistreating — which has happened numerous time with other airlines in the past.
In a Facebook post, Kamel thanked the airline for being fair and for making the passengers feel “safe and respected.”
“I was on Aer Lingus 0330 flight this morning from Dublin to Berlin. Before taking off, a passenger showed an abusive behavior against two other Muslim passengers,” Kamel wrote. “The crew reacted promptly to stop him, and the offending passenger was removed from the flight. I would like to send a special thank you to Captain O'Shea and the rest of the crew for making my day. As a Muslim, I felt safe and respected being in Ireland and on Aer Lingus. As one of the crew said, 'We are all equal.' Thank you, Aer Lingus.”
More than 14,000 people have liked Kamel’s comment as of writing this and most of the people commended the airline for taking the correct stance and curbing the racial abuse.
The airline also commented on Kamel’s post and apologized for the incident that took place aboard the flight. They also added they are looking forward to seeing Kamel on other flights.
Aer Lingus can certainly expect more passengers, especially minorities, if it continues to treat all its travelers with such impartiality.
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