On Edge, Boston Takes Issue With 2 Flights
LaGuardia temporarily evacuated today, too
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2013 10:51 AM CDT
In this June 8, 2007 file photo, airline passengers navigate crowded walkways at LaGuardia Airport in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

(Newser) – With tensions running high in a city with good reason to be edgy, two flights at Boston's Logan Airport raised concerns this morning: A US Airways flight from Philadelphia was evacuated soon after landing in Boston after a suspicious bag was found, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports. State police tell CBS Boston that the incident is unrelated to yesterday's events. Another flight bound for Chicago returned to the gate before takeoff because two men on the plane were speaking Arabic, and that made other passengers—among them, marathoners—uncomfortable, MyFoxBoston reports. The men were removed from the plane.

Nor is Boston alone: Police evacuated a major terminal at New York's LaGuardia Airport today, after a suspicious package was identified in the shopping area, NBC 4 New York reports. The order was lifted 15 minutes later; CNBC reports it ended up being "a lighting ballast with wires sticking out."

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Apr 23, 2013 3:40 AM CDT
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Apr 16, 2013 6:15 PM CDT
I couldn't help but notice the "deja vu" feeling when I read that 2 passengers were "removed" from a flight because they were speaking Arabic? I recall that during WWII thousands of American Citizens, many generations removed from their ancestors arrival, settling in, and becoming solid citizens of the United States, were imprisoned in "resettlement (concentration) camps" merely because they were identified as, or in some cases, looked, Japanese. A sad knee-jerk reaction to a horrific event, the attack on Pearl Harbor, by the current at the time, Japanese Military. How do people become spies and criminals because they aren't English speaking Caucasians. This, in a country whose real residents, the Native American population, were attacked, subdued, and their country stolen by, European military might. These same European Caucasian immigrants then went on to attack and steal millions of residents of Africa and bring them to the "new" America and enslave them as inferior humans. God help us if we don't learn from the past. Speaking Arabic is no more an indicator of a terrorist threat than speaking English, as we have learned in the past 20 years, through the terrorist actions of white supremacists, and religious zealots who are Caucasian, and speak English, and purport to be Christians and Americans. I travel extensively, so I have learned basic conversational Arabic, as well as Greek, Russian, French, Italian Vietnamese and Portuguese, in addition to my native Spanish, to show respect for the residents of places I visit. Does that make me a terrorist too? What about the Foreign Service personnel and military who speak Arabic fluently? Are our soldiers who work as translators in Arabic speaking countries "terrorists" also? Let's try thinking about our attitudes and actions. For instance, more people natively speak Chinese in the world than natively speak English. We who speak English are not superior to anyone, and exist only because of the imperialist attitude of the British Empire, setting out from a tiny island off the coast of France to conquer the world...
Apr 16, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
Completly agree, my heart goes out to the families of those who got injured or were killed. But discrimination towards someone for the language they speak is barbaric.