Sometimes it's worth fighting for your rights. Not only will you get justice for yourself, you'll help others avoid the same plight.
An airline passenger forced to cover his T-shirt because it
displayed Arabic script has been awarded 240,000 dollars in
compensation, campaigners said Monday.
August 2006 incident at , the (ACLU) announced.received the pay out on Friday from two US Transportation Security Authority officials and from following the
"The outcome of this case is a victory for free speech and a blow to the discriminatory practice of racial profiling," said Aden Fine, a lawyer with ACLU.
Jarrar, a US resident, was apprehended as he waited to board a JetBlue flight from New York to Oakland, California, and told to remove his shirt, which had written on it in Arabic: "We will not be silent."
He was told other passengers felt uncomfortable because an
Arabic-inscribed T-shirt in an airport was like "wearing a T-shirt at a
bank stating, I am a robber,'" the ACLU said. [Link]
That's crazy, of course. The message on his T-shirt was harmless. He shouldn't have been punished for everyone else's ignorance. What would come next, a law that only English words are permitted on T-shirts?
Jarrar's case will probably make it easier to wear certain types of T-shirts while flying. But if you're going to wear any of these, do so at your own risk: