April 16, 2008, - 3:38 pm

Cargo Apartheid: UK Muslim Airport Porters Refuse to Handle Israeli Luggage

By Debbie Schlussel
This outrageous story from e-mailer Beryl Dean has been verified and is absolutely true:

My friend Miriam Bedein traveled to Britain early in April. She arrived on British Air from Israel, and as she arrived at the baggage claim, she observed that there were no porters at the site.
She asked what was happening of the gentleman who was taking her to the baggage carousel, and he said “Ooh, the porters are Muslim and they will not handle any luggage coming from Israel” (In Britain, the porters take the luggage off the carousels and take them to your cab, etc.) While it was not his job, the gentleman was kind enough to get her luggage for her.


London’s Heathrow Airport & Islam: Best to Avoid Both

She is writing British Air about this incident, asking why they tolerate, and what they are doing about, this unacceptable situation.
Perhaps you also will write to British Air:
And to Heathrow Airport.
EL-AL probably gets the same treatment. Write to them as well.

I urge my readers to write, particularly to British Air and Heathrow Ariport. But I have another solution, as well:
It’s essentially a Muslim Nation–Dar Al-Islam. Let them have halal bangers and mash all they want, but not our dollars. This situation is in place, because–as with all things–the Brits kowtow to Islam and have allowed this intolerable behavior.
**** UPDATE, 04/18/08: I looked into this some more and just got off the phone with Miriam Bedein’s friend, lawyer Beryl Dean. It’s absolutely correct. They don’t call them “porters” in Britain, they call them “skycaps,” and they are pre-arranged, not waiting around the luggage carousel. Moreover, Miriam Bedein is in a wheelchair, and it was pre-arranged that a skycap come to wheel her from the plane to the luggage and then to help port her luggage. However, they refused to show up because her flight and luggage were from Israel. And that IS the policy of Brit Muslim skycaps.

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31 Responses

I’m suspicious of any Muslim who is working at an airport. I’m sure that some of them are not terrorists, and some are law abiding, but it’s like the doctors — you don’t know which ones. They are in a position to put bombs on planes, & the incidents with the baggage, although enough to get them fired, may only be the tip of the iceberg.

c f on April 16, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Dear Debbie;
This is always irritating to me.
How do these people keep their jobs?
The Muslims at Target. The taxi drivers at airports. The Muslim doctors who won’t wash before surgery. Now these despicable low-life Jew haters don’t want to touch Israeli luggage.
Imagine giving a most asinine excuse to your boss for not doing your job, without being fired.

EJO on April 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Porters? We don’t need no freakin’ porters! Don’t they have luggage carts at Heathrow? Tipping somebody to push a cart you can push yourself is a thing of the past.

Alouette on April 16, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Oh Pulleeezzzeee this is insane. How do they keep their jobs.

mindy1 on April 16, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Too bad because I have been in London over a dozen times on business and pleasure and always loved the history and tradition. However it will be a long time (if ever) that I return. Britain is one of the most anti Israel nations in the world.

Ripper on April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm

England has a very long history of anti jewry.
Jews were expelled in 1290 in the reign of King Edward Ist.
Fearful of persecution the few that were there, did not declare their identity, living as Spanish merchants. Whilst their commercial affairs were public their religion was private.
Re-admission in 1656 was under the Cromwellian Protectorate tho` this does not mean that the prejudices ceased. There was no formal decision to allow readmission but it was soon evident that the presence of Jews would be more openly tolerated.
Similarly Cromwellís motives for debating the issue openly may not have been the result of any desire for liberty of conscience as understood in the late 19th century or today, but it did lead to a significant advance in Anglo-Jewish relations.
English literature is replete with denigration of Jews, including the works of Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

hutchrun on April 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Oh noes, what are we going to do with out american dollars? We might run out of toilet paper! ^_^

fattulip on April 17, 2008 at 5:33 am

Basically, what EJO and mindy1 said. I imagine if a Jewish porter did the same thing for say Gulf Air, he or she would be fired. What a double standard!

hairymon on April 17, 2008 at 8:50 am

The many, constant acts of behavior like this speaks volumes about these savages. AND, it just reinforces everyone else’s correct and justified view of these barbarians.
Yet, if Jewish baggage handlers refused to handle muzlums’ baggage, there would be world-wide protests, riots, and murders.
Islam = The religion of the brain-dead and the homicidal.

Thee_Bruno on April 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

Well, yes, follow the above advise, but you also HAVE TO TELL THEM WHAT YOU’RE DOING!
We should all boycott the porters.
THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME YEARS AGO – with other porters. And I tell you, there is nothing so liberating as NOT haveing to depend on porters. I now have suitcases with wheels, and when necessary, use the airport baggage carts. HA!
When the porters find the passengers avoiding them, boycotting them, they will change their tune – and bend over backwards, not to lose their jobs.

allat on April 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm

This story is very hard to believe. I have flown into Heathrow many times, from the USA, Czech Republic and Germany on various airlines, and never seen any porters removing bags from the carousels, Muslim or otherwise. In fact, I’ve never seen porters in the baggage claim anywhere in the US or Europe! They do hang about in the teensy airport of Rabat, Morocco but the taxis are about 1/4 mile away and there are plenty of unemployed Muslims there, looking for a tip.
If you think baggage handlers are going to help you, try flying into the US from overseas, ha ha. Even if you have a connecting flight, you have to PICK UP ALL YOUR LUGGAGE YOURSELF AND HAUL IT THROUGH IMMIGRATIONS AND CUSTOMS before you can recheck it to your final destination. This goes for Americans and foreigners, including Israelis/Jews.
Moreover, two airlines fly to Heathrow from Tel Aviv, El Al and British Airways. I have never heard it called “British Air” – either the full name or BA.

frequentflyer on April 17, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Just noticed this comment – “the man who was taking her to the baggage carousel” – just who travels and has a designated lackey to escort you to the baggage carousel? We peons have to follow the signs. This lady sounds like a VIP or elderly/disabled. And this escort was nice enough to carry her bags for her, too? Sounds like he was trolling for a tip with this story about AWOL baggage handlers.

frequentflyer on April 17, 2008 at 6:03 pm

I have visited Israel via Heathrow Airport twice in 2004 and did not experience this particular outrage but I am not surprised.

RobCon on April 17, 2008 at 7:06 pm

So how would the porters know to boycott only planes from Israel? There are only two BA flights per day, both arriving at Terminal 4 with hundreds of other BA flights and there are zillions of carousels any one of which could hold the bags from TLV. Yet these porters psychically know in advance which carousels to boycott?
Another dubious comment in this tale: “In Britain, the porters take the luggage off the carousels and take them to your cab.” There is often a 20-minute queue for taxis at Heathrow. But a porter is going to stand there 20 minutes not earning any money waiting for “your” cab? Unlikely. Savvy travelers either take the underground or HEX railway into the city or have a car service call for them. All these are far cheaper and more convenient than a taxi. So just who “verified” this highly unlikely story? Next thing we will be updated that a “Muslim” car service refuses to meet planes arriving from Israel (as if they’ve memorized those two flight numbers).

frequentflyer on April 18, 2008 at 1:56 am

I’m sorry but this story is pure fiction. Porters do not hang around the baggage claim carousel on international flights, at least not at any airport I’ve used. You have to claim your own baggage, unless you are disabled and have pre-requested help in retreiving them. It sounds as if the ‘gentleman’ who was escorting Beryl Dean to the carousel was a bit dodgy. I’d be more worried about him than a few Islamic porters.
And by the way, we Brits are not all anti-jew. Does using ‘history’ from 400 years ago prove that todays populace are racists? Ask the Navajo, or the Sioux, or the Cheyenne etc. Or was that all the Brits faultas well? And oh, another thing, some of us in this country are aware of, and are trying to, highlight the threat of ‘creeping Islam.’

BlueAce on April 18, 2008 at 9:05 am

I go through Heathrow three or four times a year. There are no porters in the baggage claim area because they are not permitted there since passengers still must go through customs. By the time everyone exits customs, all passengers from all airlines arriving at the same time are together so no one knows which airline a passenger was on or what country the passenger is from. By the way, I have yet to see a porter standing outside customs waiting to help passengers. Bottom line? Absolutely no evidence of this occurring yet so many people are ready to accept it as fact.

13 Martyrs on April 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm

After re-reading this email from Beryl Dean, I now believe that this story does not pass the smell test.

Ripper on April 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Of course, a call to BAA, which manages Heathrow, or to the manager of the skycaps/porters would put an end to any confusion. But then the answer may be inconvenient to the allegations in this post. It’s curious that the Sun, the Daily Express and the Daily Mail in the UK, all of which have no love for the Muslim community, haven’t printed a word of this outrageous conduct. They love this stuff. Since they missed this story, please forward them the post so they can alert the public.

13 Martyrs on April 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Are ALL the porters at Heathrow Airport muslim? Does the airport have a policy of hiring only muslims? (Affirmative action brought to its natural conclusion!)
And why does it allow them to blatantly discriminate against passengers in this way? (who could, of course, include Arab Muslim citizens of Israel, or Christians, or even returning British Israel/Jew-haters back from their latest “fact-finding” mission…)
What is happening to Britain? Has it gone collectively and incurably insane?
I’m not Jewish, but I think I shall wear both a Star of David AND an Israeli flag pin the next time I go to Britain and just let these a**holes try to discriminate against me.

angloirishslav on April 21, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Your poor sad deluded lady. I work at Heathrow, and this is pure fiction. There are no porters at Heathrow. Skycaps are a private company whose services you have to pay for once you have claimed your baggage. There are no porters in any of the terminals baggage carousel areas.
There is no airline called British Air, however this is British Airways, also known as BA.
British Airways has nothing to do with the ground handling services once inside the terminal.
You really should seek help !

Capt.Tobias on April 22, 2008 at 12:01 pm

I prefer not to have my baggage handled by Muhammedans.
Does that make me ‘Islamophobic?’

sheik yer'mami on April 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I’m a born and bred Londoner and I have never once heard the term ‘skycap’! I also had to laugh at Debbie’s response to Blue Ace’s comment. Apparently a less than glowing comment about American history is ‘ignorant’, but calling for a boycott of Britain is completely acceptable and rational.
You can’t even get the name of the airline right. I’ve seen Wikipedia articles better edited than this!

Barry Scott on April 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm

None of this adds up. Someone said the Sun and the Daily Mail haven’t touched this story – maybe that’s because Skycaps would sue them for libel!
If your IQ is low enough to believe this story, then I think it would be best for everyone if you do boycott England – we’ve got standards, you know!

davidvaughan on April 27, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Oh dear Debbie, if you look up the Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-81, you will find out two things. Firstly, he was British Prime Minister (twice) and secondly, he was Jewish.
This means that Britain had a Jewish Prime Minister in the 19th century, at a time when America hadn’t got round to abolishing slavery.
Next question please!!

Byeck on April 28, 2008 at 8:41 am

I have responded to this allegation both to a jewish lawyer who telephoned me and in writing to grumpyoldsod site.
I wish to make this clear – This allegation is total rubbish.
Porters are selected on the basis of ability and suitability for the job
Not that it makes a difference but there are more non-Muslim skycaps than there are Muslim Skycaps at LHR
We have many customers from ALL prominent political and religious beliefs
El-AL is a valued customer
Documentation is available for proof if needed
Baggage halls are not fully manned due to stiff security procedures to get airside
I am not doubting your version of events, im simply Suggesting that there may have been a motive for telling you this lie – prehaps that the kind wheelchair pusher from another company simply didnít want to share a tip opportunity with a porter???
If you ever have trouble with porter services at LHR or LGW you can contact me on 0208 745 6011. They will put you through to my mobile if im out of the office.
On the other hand if you require special assistance simply pick up the green telephone that are placed and clearly marked in every baggage hall throughout the airport (T5 not yet)
(dont know why debbie didnt do this!!)
Have a nice day
Bob Gould
Manager Skycaps – LHR

Skycaps Manager on May 5, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Oh one more thing: there is no such thing as “British Air” unless you mean the breathing type.

Skycaps Manager on May 5, 2008 at 9:18 pm


    Dont go to Britain? THAT is your solution?!!!

    Itawasha on February 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Add it to this very long list of things that offend Muslims.

kevin on May 8, 2008 at 10:55 am

I support them. Israel is a big trouble maker and a huge menace to the rest of the world. Any country that indiscriminately slaughters innocent women and children deserves even more maltreatment from the rest of the world. Israel is a hostile and lawless country that brazenly disrespects the rights of other citizens and the sovereignty of other countries.

Albert on July 17, 2010 at 1:08 am

If they won’t pick up the bags..SACK THEM..They aren’t doing their job plus they are being racist by not doing it..simple ..Why should they get special treatment!!!!

judy on June 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

Typical American thinking. Believing everything you hear/read.

Mary Smith on May 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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