“Flying While Muslim” is an actual term that was born following 9/11 and security-related incidents that have occurred in airports and airplanes in recent years. Muslims getting kicked off airplanes for speaking Arabic is just one example.
StepFeed Airliners are not the only ones at fault. Suspicion has understandably made its way to passengers, some of whom have whispered vile phrases including “kill yourself” to Muslims during flights.
The rise of anti-Muslim suspicion and fear has unconsciously led Muslims to run a mental checklist as a precautionary measure to avoid getting in trouble while flying.
Muslims have been documenting the thought process experienced while boarding a flight under the hashtag #FlyingWhileMuslim.
1. The countless *random* security checks
2. The self-imposed rules to avoid “trouble”
3. The shunning of the Arabic language
4. The anxiety when a “remotely Muslim” sound comes out of your phone
5. The pre-flight precautions are never ending
6. The questions asked … to which you have no answer
7. The tedious scanning process that starts with a machine and ends with a human
8. The conscious choice of words
9. The dress choices
10. The battling of “eye contact”
11. The unfortunate attempt to look “not Muslim” as much as possible
12. “Dress white, make your flight. Dress brown, don’t leave town”
13. The moment when they “accidentally” cancel your reservation
14. The worst of them all
If you aren’t Muslim, booking a flight on Southwest Airlines gives you the best chance of not being on board with a Muslim terrorist.
Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest low-cost airline carrier allowed a few racist passengers to oust Arabic-speaking and Muslim passengers on two separate flights in one week, quickly becoming the official airline for the country’s anti-Muslim bigots. “You Are Now Free To Move About The Country” became a wildly popular slogan for Southwest Airlines.