Mehwish Hayat recently took to Twitter to respond to the Daily Mail’s piece about how Delta Air Lines is being fined $50,000 for ordering three Muslim passengers off planes, even after the airline’s own security officials cleared them to travel.
Muslims passengers on two separate Delta flights were kicked off because passengers complained they made them 'nervous' https://t.co/7XNcA2CNNK
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) January 26, 2020
Undoubtedly, this comes across as an instance of Islamophobia, though Delta denied that it discriminated against the passengers, However, according to a consent order released on Friday by the U.S. Transportation Department, Delta agreed that it could have handled the situations differently,
People took to Twitter to call out this discriminatory act.
muslims are before all human beings…. human beings are made to love each other and that's what makes the difference between human beings and animals. It's sad to see how in today's world human beings hate each other for no reason not knowing that we are made to love each other
— Noel Lakshman (@NoelLakshman) January 27, 2020
The people who made the complaint should be banned from flying again. Air travel is global by its nature and you will encounter every race, creed and religion. You will also encounter nervous flyers, drunks, talkative row mates, snorers, fidgets.
— Mark Adams (@adammc45_mark) January 26, 2020
That’s so ridiculous. Small minded people.
— Lillian (@TrulyNiceHart) January 26, 2020
$50,000 fine. Justice served👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— Julian (@jckato) January 26, 2020
Eventually, Mehwish Hayat also responded to this, stating that she was glad that the airline was fined.
A nice slap on the wrists.. I am glad that the US authorities have fined the airline. It is a sad state of affairs that has bought us to this. Perceptions have to change and people have to be more tolerant of one another irrespective of background, religion or appearance. https://t.co/7HXPcwT8oK
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) January 27, 2020
“A nice slap on the wrists,” Mehwish Hayat penned in her tweet for Delta Air Lines. “I am glad that the US authorities have fined the airline. It is a sad state of affairs that has [brought] us to this. Perceptions have to change and people have to be more tolerant of one another irrespective of background, religion or appearance.”
As the news piece got more attention, people chimed in with support, agreeing with Mehwish’s stance.
Islam mophobia is growing very rapidly in Europe
In all Muslims, the owner should break it together and wear it strictly against anyone who does such a thing.
— Aneela Khan (@AneelaKh) January 27, 2020
Racism is pure and evil ignorance
— Colin A Burns, CCM (@cburnssr23) January 28, 2020
It’s unfortunate that we hear about Islamophobia quite frequently, but it’s great that our celebrities speak up about it. Here’s hoping we keep speaking up, even when it’s the harder choice to make.
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