United Considered This Item A Weapon; What Do You Think?

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This story is gaining momentum now while a woman is claiming discrimination and asking for an apology from United Airlines for an incident that occurred the other day onboard a United flight. Muslim chaplain, Ahmad was traveling to Washington from Chicago and was reportedly denied an unopened can of soda and was told by the United flight attendant that the unopened can of soda could be used as a ‘weapon.’ As reported by CNN,

United Considered This Item A Weapon; What Do You Think?

“A Muslim chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University, Ahmad, 31, was traveling Friday from Chicago to Washington for a conference promoting dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youths. She was wearing a headscarf, or hijab.

For hygienic reasons, she asked for an unopened can of soda, she said. The flight attendant told her that she could not give her one but then handed an unopened can of beer to a man seated nearby. Ahmad questioned the flight attendant.

“We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane,” she recalled the flight attendant telling her.”

You can read the full story here, CNN.

Bottom Line

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from this story. What do you think, have you ever been served an unopened can of soda on an airplane? I know I have.

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  1. Yes, I have been given un-opened can of coke 30K feet above the ground. If this is new weapon for mass destruction then let all the stores be liable selling these too.

    In my opinion, the dude that made that stupid comments was more dangerous than can of coke. Give me a break.

  2. This Muslim lady wrote a lot to complain about her feelings in this flight. Why is it such a big deal? Many other people in this WORLD are treated much worse, such as the beheading, the kidnapping of innocent girls, and people in certain countries. Has this Muslim girl express sympathy to these issues ever in her facebook entries?????

  3. Who knows, may be this is some sort of PROPAGANDA from some organizations which many considered as TERRORIST.

  4. You need to listen to Suicidal Tendencies “All I wanted was a Pepsi and she wouldnt give it to me” to really understand this poor girl’s trauma.

    And yes, I’ve had FAs repeatedly refuse to give me a full can, even in Business class. But I’ve never been given an explanation as to why. Next time I’ll ask.

  5. @JohnAppleton: I don’t see the justification for ranking worldwide discrimination and oppression, and then granting only the people subjected to the worst instances the right to seek change.

  6. Yes, in the hands of a Moslem it must be a weapon! How ridiculous United. What a joke you have become. This is the greatest case for discrimination I have ever seen recently. How dare they. What next? Blacks, Homosexuals, Jews? Who the hell do you think you are! The guy simply wanted a can of soda. Get a grip or should I say get your hand off it you wankers.

    It just makes me realise that ditching you bastards forever after you raped the life out of that useless program you call a loyalty program in March, was a sound decision. I hope you go broke again and get out of our faces. You corporate ethics and morals sicken me.

    I hope he sues the living daylights out of you so you sick people can never do this again.

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