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Seattlepi: Man forced off plane by fellow passengers

MADRID, Spain -- 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 Islamic terrorist.

Pablo Gutierrez Vega said 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, 35, a 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.

The airline confirmed the incident and called it regrettable.

by Fran on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 01:54:23 AM EST
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Pavlov, meet dog.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 04:25:38 AM EST
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Yes.  Someone said:
To a person with only a hammer, everything is a nail.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Mon Oct 2nd, 2006 at 01:24:52 PM EST
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Don't worry, fashion trends come and go. Just you wait and see, fifteen years from now beards and dark complexions will be the new hula-hoop.
by Alex in Toulouse on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 07:08:00 AM EST
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Pablo Gutierrez Vega said 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.
Passengers asked to seach his carry-on luggage? And he didn't call airport security on them?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 07:11:03 AM EST
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Alternately he could have joked, to get them to relax. Along the lines of "only if you show me your underpants hehe" with a big grin.
by Alex in Toulouse on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 07:18:09 AM EST
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Pablo Gutierrez Vega is an associate professor of law. He has written on indigenous peoples and constitutional law.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 07:21:42 AM EST
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There's not really anything that can be said, is there?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 08:22:41 AM EST
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I'm tempted to invite him to blog here, he's written on the EU constitution as well.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 08:38:52 AM EST
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Why don't you give in to your temptation?
by Fran on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 08:41:13 AM EST
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Excellent idea.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 09:31:48 AM EST
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