Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Whatever you do, don't call 911

Moroccan lawmakers detained at Portland airport
The Oregonian , 1 February 2004

Seven members of the Moroccan parliament, visiting Portland as part of a goodwill tour of the United States, were removed from a Delta Air Lines flight Saturday morning and detained at the Portland International Airport…

Speaking through an interpreter, the visitors said they … carried diplomatic passports and Delta officials were aware of their status….

Abbassi was detained when he … tried to board, and the other members of parliament protested to the flight crew…. The pilot, using his authority, ordered the Moroccans off the flight, and the Transportation Security Administration became involved.

The visitors’ luggage was removed from the plane, and officials became alarmed when they saw documents in Arabic with 911 written on them. It turned out that one of the group’s host in Dallas, a previous stop, had given them instructions to call the 9-1-1 emergency number if they got into trouble, but it was mistaken for a reference to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 4 February 2004, 18:03 ( 6:03 PM)
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