October 25, 2010, - 2:05 pm

Air Marshal: We Worry About Passengers in Muslim Garb, Just Like Juan Williams

By Debbie Schlussel

A Federal Air Marshal (FAM) friend of mine wrote, last week, regarding the Juan Williams comments on FOX News that got him fired from National Palestinian Radio a/k/a NPR.  As you’ll recall, Williams said he worries and feels nervous when he sees passengers in Muslim garb on a plane.  My FAM friend agreed with Williams.  (Remember, this is a big, tough guy with a gun, not the puny Juan Williams.)


Every Air Marshal I know, including me, gets nervous every time we see a Muslim all garbed up on a plane. We watch them like a hawk…. and I’m sure the passengers expect us to.

I guess that makes me a bigot with a gun and a badge. So be it.

I’d rather be a bigot with a plane that lands safely……. then a politically correct NPR worshiper with a blown up plane over the Atlantic.

Amen, Bruthah!

The politically correct world in which we live seems to forget one thing: the scariest experience in the skies is not “flying while Muslim.” It’s flying while non-Muslim.

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A police officer friend of mine once explained that in a traffic stop, they treat everyone as a possible threat because they have no idea who they are pulling over. It could be someone who had a bad day or just happen to have robbed a bank. Then, if they have even the slightest reason to worry, they call for backup. They prefer to err on the side of caution.

Air Marshals on the other hand, can’t call for backup at 30,000 feet. Then again, neither can Joe Passenger. If fear makes people more aware of their surroundings and personal safety, that’s a good thing. Police work under the same code.

Fred Taub on October 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Excellent observation. Police officers are cautious in dealing with people until they are sure they are no threat to them. That’s a lesson we need to apply to dealing with Islam. Political correctness has no place in law enforcement work and it shouldn’t matter in securing the lives of hundreds of thousands of passengers.

    Common sense in aviation security is in short supply in this country.

    NormanF on October 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Fear has its benefits, yes, but fear-mongering does not. It is a fact that the terrorists on 9/11 were wearing Western garb. Why would a terrorist wear traditional middle eastern garb, especially if people feel uncomfortable? Wouldn’t that then make them a dead give away?

    Therefore this fear is baseless and somewhat bigoted. When in truth, most air marshal and TSA officers will tell you that racial profiling is not necessary – it is behavior profiling that will catch people acting unlawfully.

    It is the same with your police friend. He noticed someone acting weird, regardless of their race/ethnicity/religion, and pulled them over. An air marshal being uncomfortable because someone is wearing Middle Eastern clothes is just unprofessional.

    I wouldn’t want to be protected by someone who felt uncomfortable if I dressed in traditional Hassidic garb. It is just intolerant.

    idk on October 27, 2010 at 12:19 am

If only more airlines made sentiments like this public, and then got boycotted by CAIR types and other belligerent Muslims, and then had the spineless Leftist Liberals chime in, then the rest of us could know which airlines were now relatively *safe*, and we could fly only the boycotted ones.

The liberals could work on spins as how it was their own fault when they get blown up by an Islamic terrorist, and leave the rest of sane world travelers in safety.

(Originally voiced by Ann Coulter a long time ago, but I don’t have the exact quote or source.
BTW, if anyone does, please post, Thanks.)

exdemexlib on October 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Does doing a full search of every one, forcing people to empty their pockets, checking their shoes and making them throw away drink containers make us all feel safer? I haven’t had that feeling ever since 2001. We won’t do profiling even though the data tells us who is likely to commit a terrorist attack because we are more afraid of offending Muslims than we are concerned about securing every one else’s safety. We’ve got it exactly backwards.

    Regrettably, that’s not going to be fixed in the future.

    NormanF on October 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm


We can never be sure what Muslims will do around infidels much less than when they’re around each other.

That’s an observation about their conduct that’s reasonable and sane and which our politically correct world prefers to avoid facing to preserve the fiction every one is equal – least of all in morality, deportment and manners.

Uhm – no, that’s not true. The reality of human nature is there are good people and evil people. And unless we stop the latter, good people will die. Its time to face the facts Muslims will inflict evil on good people when there’s no one to stop them.

I don’t want to have that happen to me. Or to Debbie Schlussel. Or to any one else. Juan Williams and the Air Marshal who wrote to Debbie do get it. Some people are still in denial. And they will get us all killed unless they wake up or we need to find a way to protect ourselves from them, too.

Passengers in Muslim Garb is more than just about a Hollywood movie, that sad to say, will in all likelihood, never get made. Its about our future – and how we’re going to deal with the threat Islam presents to us. And that future is now.

NormanF on October 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Last year just before Thanksgiving I was very nervous getting on my plane to Florida. I saw a young guy with his red neck scarf on that is similar to the Arafat garb who was looking around in a suspicious way, he left his luggage unattended for a while and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I reported him. I sat in the back of the waiting area and all of a sudden I am met by TSA people. While I wanted to be anonymous here I was being watched by all the passengers. I got really nervous because I knew he knew I had reported him. I was sweating bullets and I’m sure became flushed. They said they watched him on the camera and knew what I said was true. But they didn’t question him and let him on the plane. To my horror not only was he on the plane but he was sat in front of me. Just before we got off the plane in FL he took of his red scarf which I thought was very odd as it wasn’t a weather scarf. We sit and do nothing. It’s very scary.

LaurAyn on October 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    TSA is the ICE of aviation security. Its a complete joke!

    The Israelis would never have let that guy on the plane in the first place.

    You’re right to worry.

    We do nothing to stop people who could conceivably kill us because they might think worse things about us as if they didn’t already do that!

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It goes straight to what Debbie wrote in her article and you’re not alone.

    NormanF on October 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    And….here you are today to talk about! Which is wonderful news!

    I know I may be too rational here, but do you know the odds of someone dying in a terrorist attack? What about someone dying in a plane crash? Or a car crash?

    I can safely tell you (too lazy to find the exact data) that you will by far be more likely to die in a car accident/crash. But someone I feel that you won’t be this nervous getting behind your wheel everyday.

    The American Jewish Committee in 2002 put the US Muslim population at 2.8 million. There are 6.3 million Mormons in this country.

    Now what do you think are the odds that 1) Someone who is Muslim will cause some terrorist attack, and 2) Someone who is Mormon will participate in polygamy?

    My point is you cannot let extreme fear (which is quite irrational) create this prejudice intolerance and project in an entire group of people. I do not see a Mormon and think they have multiple wives. Just as I do not see a Jew and assume they are rich or are in Hollywood.

    idk on October 27, 2010 at 12:29 am

I get nervous flying and having to go through the screening process and I’m not even Muslim…but at least they are doing something….but I agree it is a joke if they don’t profile. The thing about these terrorists/bombers most don’t dress in Muslim garb when they board a plane…these are the ones we really need to worry about.

freedom4usa on October 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm

There is problem now after USAir caved in to CAIR in the flying Imam lawsuit. if an Air Marshall takes an action based on a reasonable fear of someone in Muslim garb based on some activity that would not be noticed had they not been in Muslim garb, and it turns out to be a mistake, that Air Marshal will probably be sued. The same applies to a passenger who tries to report such suspicions (In the flying Imams case, CAIR actually tried to sue the passengers who reported their suspicions).

So much for taking preventative action.

We are all in even more danger because of the USAir cave in.

I_AM_ME on October 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

It is amazing that we have to go through all of these contortions to spare the feelings of a group that is so utterly callous towards others.

Worry01 on October 25, 2010 at 7:41 pm


    Isn’t THAT the truth!!! CAIR knows EXACTLY what they are doing. They will make us so afraid of the Muslim PC Police and of lawsuits for speaking our minds that “we the sheeple” will be too afraid to speak up. Then they will strike.

    DG in GA on October 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm


Up is down, and down is up.

If a society is frozen into inaction by fear of hurting somebody’s feelings, how can it survive?

pitandpen on October 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    If a society oppresses a religious minority, or any minority, because of a few bad apples, what freedoms do we have left?

    We cannot let fear overcome Democracy. Do I like skinheads? No. Even if I believe that skinheads are like Muslims, like you seem to, that the majority of Muslims are angry, violent people (I could make that claim about ANY religious group), I respect their freedom to express their hateful opinions in America.

    That is what makes America so great. As a Jew, whose people who terribly discriminated against in this country for several decades, I am not going to turn around and do the same thing. Because people called my grandparents thieves, compared them to dogs, and accused them of killing Christian babies and putting their blood into matzoh.

    Which sometimes I wonder how different that is than many of the comments on this blog aimed at Muslims.

    idk on October 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm

The air marshals are “on it”; however, the psychotically aggressive potbellied pederasts and sexually abusive sadists who serve as TSA screeners under troglodyke Big Sis NapoleonTONTO must be fired, the agency incinerated and basalted over, and the creeps arrested and thoroughly PROSECUTED to the FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW!!

NVerdad on August 11, 2012 at 3:46 am

Howdy y’all…. what time’s the lynchin’ ? Gotta git my robes ‘an pointy hat back from the cleaners…

That’s what you sound like….

Saying that all ‘Muslim’ folk are potential threats or hate non-muslim folk is nothing more than sheer ignorance. The perpetrators of the horrific attacks on US soil were Muslim, but the defining and pertinent point was that they were Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is not a religion, it is a terrorist organisation. Same as the IRA or the Basque Separatists etc..

If we were to apply your definition of how to judge if someone is guilty of an act they haven’t even committed, why not say that all Germans, Japanese and Italians should be locked up forever because of WW2? ….. same rationale no?

Only a tiny fraction of the world’s Muslims actually follow or support the actions of AQ..

Get educated.

Bubba Jones on August 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

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