How exactly are passengers supposed to react if they observe passengers who match the profile of a typical suicide bomber dressed in clothes too bulky for the weather, talking nervously to each other and checking their watches at frequent intervals?
Of course these circumstances don't mean the men in question are terrorists. There are many other explanations for their behaviours. But other passengers are entitled to worry about their families' safety. It is certainly unfair that passengers who were alert in reporting security concerns should be denounced (by Patrick Mercer, the Tory "Homeland Security spokesman" no less) as racists for their pains. They were polite, but insistent and expressed no racist sentiments, according to witnesses.
On far less substantial (and equally circumstantial) evidence, a Metropolitan Police hit squad killed an innocent man on a Tube train. If these passengers' polite refusal to fly with these men was "racist", then what on earth was that?
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