January 12, 2009 11:12 AM

Commentary: Avoid saying this if flying while Muslim

Today's column is presented as a public service for Muslim readers. Call it a list of Things Not To Say If You Are Muslim. The need for such a list is illustrated by a New Year's Day incident at Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport. An AirTran Airways flight was delayed two hours and a group of nine Muslims – eight family members and a friend – was refused permission to fly after two teenage girls overheard a member of the group say that sitting near the engines would be particularly unsafe in the event of an accident.

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