Christian Man Is Removed From Airplane For Having A Prayer Message On His Phone
Laolu Opebiyi, 40, from London, was forced to give up his phone and password in order to prove his innocence.
He was establishing a conference all prayer with friends before the flight with his friends using the popular WhatsApp. said he was forced to hand over his phone and supply his password in order to establish his innocence after he tried to arrange a conference call prayer with friends using WhatsApp.
…he now fears he is on a terrorist watchlist because when he returned the next day from his business trip, the electronic passport gate did not let him through and he had to speak to an immigration officer before proceeding. -(From The Guardian UK)
Once questioned and cleared, the pilot did not allow Opebiyi back on the flight to Amsterdam and he had to wait 3 more hours for the next scheduled departure.
Opebiyi believes the passenger next must have assumed he was a Muslim and thought that he may have been a terrorist.
“That guy doesn’t know me and within two minutes he’s judging me,” he told the Guardian. “Even if I was a Muslim, it was pretty unfair the way I was treated. I don’t think anyone, irrespective of their religion should be treated in such a way.
“If we keep on giving into this kind of bigotry and irrational fear, I dare say that the terrorists will have achieved their aim.”
During the questioning, they asked about his religious beliefs. Opebiyi even showed them a copy of his bible in his bag.
“They asked me which church I attend and how long I have been going there,” he said. “They also ask if I have ever thought about changing my religion to which I replied ‘no’.”
“Someone felt I was a terrorist because they saw the word ‘prayer’ on my phone and now I stand in uncertainty about my freedom of movement in and out of the United Kingdom,”
Article: The Guardian