A Spanish university professor with a long beard and dark complexion said Thursday he was briefly forced off an airliner during a layover on the Spanish island of Mallorca by passengers who feared he was an
Pablo Gutierrez Vega told The Associated Press that he was humiliated when three German passengers on an Air Berlin flight approached him during a layover in Palma de Mallorca on Aug. 30 en route from Seville, Spain, to Dortmund, Germany, and asked to search his carry-on luggage.
The men told him that other passengers were frightened by his
appearance, said Gutierrez Vega, a 35-year-old law professor at the University of Seville.
"They treated me like an Islamic terrorist because of my appearance,"
Gutierrez Vega said, according to an account posted Thursday on the Web site of the newspaper El Pais.
After realizing the men were not undercover police officers, Gutierrez Vega refused to hand over his luggage. The pilot then approached the group and led the professor to the runway so they could speak in private.
"The pilot said the passengers believed I was a Muslim," Gutierrez Vega
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Friday, September 29, 2006
Muslim "racial profiling"
Mistaken for being part of the "Muslim race", a Spanish professor was briefly thrown off a plane for fear that he was a terrorist. This goes to show why profiling will not work: