Do they actually believe anyone falls for the “we are discriminated against because we are Asians” argument? Do they think the Turks can’t recognize foreign jihadi-fans? Most Muslims support jihad, except jihad by a foreign Muslim group that may be a threat to their own country or creed.
Four friends who were marched off Manchester to Turkey flight by armed police ‘for playing a song about bombs’ say they were picked on for being bearded Asians
- Four friends from Oldham ‘removed from flight by armed police in Turkey’
- They were accused of playing ‘song about a bomb’ on Thomas Cook plane
- But they deny the allegations and claim they were treated unfairly
- Thomas Cook say their actions on board were ‘entirely unacceptable’
Four friends who were removed from a flight after it landed in Turkey after being accused of ‘playing a song about bombs’ have claimed they were ejected from the plane because they are ‘bearded Asians’.
The crew ordered passengers to sit back in their seats after the jet had arrived at the terminal and four heavily armed Turkish police officers boarded the aircraft and removed Nabeal Iqbal, 19, Hammad Ahmed, 21, both dentistry students, warehouse manager Shabad Niaz, 23, and A-level student Tasiq Ali, 18.
They were accused of being ‘extremely disruptive’ and playing a song that used the word ‘bomb’ several times on a mobile device during the service from Manchester Airport to Dalaman.
But they deny the allegations and say they are ’embarrassed’ at what happened.
The group, pictured, were accused of playing a song on the flight which repeatedly used the word ‘bomb’ but deny the allegations.
The airline said the four had been ‘extremely disruptive throughout this flight’ and that one of them upset other passengers by repeatedly playing an audio track on a mobile in which the word ‘bomb’ was used several times.
Mr Iqbal denied the allegation and said: ‘At the front the cabin crew manager accused us of saying the word ‘bomb’ and taking a bag with a bomb into the toilet and leaving it there.
‘We know we didn’t say bomb and we didn’t have a bomb. It was embarrassing. I would never say anything like that on an airplane.
‘It’s always in the news, people getting escorted off planes after 9/11. It’s best not to joke about anything like that on a plane.
‘It was a really embarrassing experience. I just don’t think we were treated fairly at all.’
They say they were ‘treated unfairly’ and feel they were reported to the police because they are ‘bearded Asians’.
He added: ‘You could say we were a bit loud. We were having a laugh and joke with people around us.
‘As we were taken off, the cabin crew manager said “I can’t believe you have said bomb on a plane, it’s disgusting and you will never fly with Thomas Cook again”.
‘We told her we hadn’t said anything. I’ve tried to think hard about this and I can’t think why she would say that.’
He said the four mates had been thrown off simply because ‘we are bearded Asians’.
Another passenger, Pamela Clarke, 55, from Sheffield, who was sitting six rows away, said: ‘I never heard anything about bombs. There was no bad behaviour or anything like that from them. There was a group of women in front of them who were extremely drunk and loud but not them.’
The airline said the four had been ‘extremely disruptive throughout the flight’ and that one of them upset other passengers by repeatedly playing an audio track on a mobile in which the word ‘bomb’ was used several times.
Nabeal denied they played a ‘bomb’ track, and insisted their mobile phones would have required a wifi connection to play such a track.
‘They’ve changed their story,’ he said.
A spokesperson for Thomas Cook Airlines said ‘Four individuals were extremely disruptive throughout this flight and were refused carriage on the basis of their abusive behaviour.
‘We do not tolerate such severely disruptive behaviour towards our crew or passengers and their collective and sustained actions were entirely unacceptable.’
A spokesman for Thomas Cook Airlines said the group were ‘extremely disruptive’ and their actions were ‘entirely unacceptable’.
The four pals were eventually released by police after refusing to pay a £60 ‘bribe’ or sign a statement in Turkish which they didn’t understand.
They continued their holiday at Club Anastasia hotel in Marmaris where they say tried and failed to contact Thomas Cook Airlines to check whether they would be welcome on the return flight.
They called Teletext Holidays who had booked the package for them and were assured they would be welcome on the return flight, according to Nabeal.
But when the four turned up at Dalaman Airport on Friday, September 30, they were turned away again by airline officials and had to sleep the night on the beach.
They had to pay £125 to get a flight back to Manchester with Pegasus Airlines.