Haha, them reactionary mobs, worried that increased security measures will infringe constitutional rights. Ha ha ha, read this, motherfuckers.
Raed Jaer, pictured, left, describes an incident that occurred at JFK. He was wearing the shirt in the picture which says in Arabic script, “We will not be silent.” After passing through security, two inspectors, one of them identified by Raed as Harris, accompanied by a Jet Blue employee, came up to him and asked him to change his shirt as, “people are feeling offended.”
Jaer replied, “Why do you want me to take off my t-shirt? Isn’t it my constitutional right to express myself in this way?” Inspector Harris said, “people here in the US don’t understand these things about constitutional rights.”
He added, “You can’t wear a t-shirt with Arabic script and come to an airport. It is like wearing a t-shirt that reads “I am a robber” and going to a bank.”
Of course, the bigger story here for The Consumerist is that Jaer’s rights as a consumer were violated. We are very angry about that. Very very angry. (Thanks to Francis & Andrew!)