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Prejudice’s Effect on Travelers

 

The number of passenger removals from Delta Airlines’ planes is evidently increasing. With two incidents of this matter occurring this month, the airlines’ integrity is called into question. Of the two incidents, one is thought to have been driven by racial, ethnic, or religious profiling. The other is said to have nothing to do with prejudice but was merely an overbooking mishap.

Following their trip to Paris, the Alis family boarded a Delta Airlines flight to conclude the ambient romance and return back to their home in Cleveland. Before the plane took off, the Alis murmured a few words of prayer, in Arabic, asking for safe travel. Subsequently, a Delta staffer approached them and asked them to deboard the plane for speaking a language the induced discomfort in the plane’s environment. The other passender removal incident that also captured international attention this month occured in yet another Delta Airlines flight. Law enforcement officers peeled passenger David Dao from his seat and dragged him, bleeding, up the aisle. This incident, however, is said to have no link to prejudice. What is of our concern, and is unfortunately a growing phenomenon, is the kind of passenger removal the Alis family endured.

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In conclusion, the number of passenger removals occurring as a result of prejudice is evidently increasing. This might be due to the increase in terror attacks, or to other yet to be revealed reasons. Regardless of what the reasons might be, we must not lash out our anger and frustration on innocent civilians that merely want to live their lives in peace and harmony. Instead, we must acknowledge the fact that we all live in the same world, thus dealing with the same anger and frustration. We must work hand-in-hand to create a better world for us to live in.

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