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July 29, 2007

Arab Princesses Kicked Off British Airways To Jeers and Whistles


Arab princesses kicked off British Airways plane to jeers and whistles after refusing to sit next to male strangers

Three Arab princesses were thrown off a packed British Airways flight after refusing to sit next to male passengers they didn't know.

The dispute - in which the three princesses from the ultra-conservative Qatar royal family demanded segregated seating - left the London-bound plane delayed on a baking Italian runway for nearly three hours.

Furious passengers whistled and clapped as the row intensified before the captain eventually ordered the women to be escorted off the plane.

The princesses, wearing traditional Arab dress, were returning from a day's shopping in Milan. They arrived at the city's Linate airport and boarded Heathrow-bound flight BA 563, which was due to take off at 4pm on Thursday.

The women, all relatives of the oil-rich emir of Qatar, Bader Bin Khalifa Al Thani, were booked into business class in a party of eight which included the emir and an entourage of cooks, servants and other staff.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani: related to the Princesses

After passengers had fastened their seat-belts and the plane had taxied on to the runway, two male passengers in the entourage got up to protest about where the women were sitting.

According to the customs of Qatar and other Gulf states, women are not allowed to mix with men who are not relatives.

Cabin crew tried to rearrange the seats but passengers travelling together refused to give up their allotted places. The captain tried to mediate but after more than two and a half hours of wrangling he ordered the bulk of their royal party off the plane.

It is understood that five of the eight - including the princesses and the men who left their seats to protest - were removed.

Police and diplomats from the Qatar consulate in Milan were also called in before the plane eventually took off. The rest of the Qatar party left Milan later on an Alitalia flight.

A BA spokesman said: "The people were offloaded because they failed to comply with safety instructions when the aircraft was taxiing. Two passengers stood up and refused to sit down."
A spokesman at the Qatar embassy in Rome said: "This was a private matter and we have nothing to say."

Wild Thing's comment........

They had to have been aware beforehand, that men they might not know they might be sitting next to. They still “won” by grounding the plane for over frickin’ hours while they went Sharia on the airline. I think the Muzzies were doing it for the sake of being annoying to the infidels and seeing how far they could push.

Stay home and follow your customs.or come to the West and learn to follow ours. Coming to the West and expecting us to change our ways is not an option.

Bottom line is I have ZERO tolerance for Muslims, ALL Muslims!!!

Posted by Wild Thing at July 29, 2007 12:55 AM


If I were a sheik that couln't afford his own G5, I woudn't draw attention to the fact that I was second-tier.

Posted by: Rick at July 29, 2007 03:52 AM

... how come a lot of $heik$ look like Frank Zappa? The arrogance of the islamos in holding up a British Airways flight for three hours because of disputed seating arrangements with infidels! What's this infidel non-caliphate world coming too? I heard the three women had beards too! Could ZZ Top be imams as well?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at July 29, 2007 04:01 AM

It's good that princesses were wearing traditional Arab dress. They probably all look like the South bound end of a North bound camel.
Darth, oh come on. Poor ole' Frank was ok. If he were still with us he would not give a shiite about these muzzies either.
By the way, thank you for your previous comments sent my way. You're ok Dude!
In closing, I'm going to play "Brown shoes don't male it" and "Son of Suzi Cream Cheese" by the late Frank Zappa.

Posted by: SSgt Steve, USMC at July 29, 2007 07:12 AM

Those princesses were acting like "spoiled brats."
Why was it okay for them to sit next to male passengers until it taxied down the runway?
When will they learn it's not okay to act the "spoiled" part in public?
BA was right for kicking them off the plane.
I'm not sorry they were inconvenienced.
And why should families or friends traveling together have to sit apart so some Islamic Paris Hilton can sit where ever she wants?

Posted by: Lynn at July 29, 2007 07:35 AM

More testing by Allah's zealots? I thought these oil-rich sheiks had fleets of private Gulfstreams and Boeings. This is another highly publicised example of islam not accepting the standards and mores of the West.

Congratulations to the crew and passengers of British Airways Flight 563 for not putting up with that childish moslem bullshit.

Posted by: TomR at July 29, 2007 07:50 AM

Now will come the lawsuits.

If you travel to a Muslim country, your told to observe their customs and not offend them. But, if they travel to my country, were told to respect their customs and not offend them. What about not offending me?

How about this one?

A man was charged with a hate crime for throwing a Koran, purchased with his own money, into a toilet at a university.,0,6882662.story

Posted by: BobF at July 29, 2007 10:09 AM

With the money that guy has, he can BUY British Airways if he likes...

WHY would someone of his station be flying public anyway??

Posted by: TexasFred at July 29, 2007 10:13 AM

Fxxx 'em and feed 'em camel guts

Posted by: GUYK at July 29, 2007 10:41 AM

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Oh, wait, that only applies when Americans go abroad. . .

Posted by: Trish at July 29, 2007 12:59 PM

BobF writ:
"A man was charged with a hate crime for throwing a Koran, purchased with his own money, into a toilet at a university.

Well, isn't that where sh*t belongs?? At worst, the man should be sent a bill for pluggin' up the pipes.

Posted by: Rick at July 29, 2007 01:13 PM

Rules broken, price paid.

Posted by: Glenn M. Cassel,AMH1(AW), USN, RET at July 29, 2007 01:42 PM

Was she a Dromedary or a Bactrain and was she wearing the Burqa? Now where did I put my larded ammo? This crap is giving Jezebel a bad name. Do you shoot between their humps or their eyes? I couldn't agree with you more WT, zero tolerance for the Muzzies.

Posted by: Jack at July 29, 2007 02:47 PM

Muslims and airplanes — not a good mix.

Posted by: Van Helsing at July 29, 2007 02:48 PM

Why , All of a sudden is this a problem ? These moslems have flown before all of them and have sat next to strangers too.

Now there is a problem. This seems odd. Seems to me if they can't sit next to strangers, (men) maybe they should walk home.

Isn't Quttar our good friends, who were suppose to be helping us against Terrorists. I think we need to pick some new friends.

Posted by: Mark at July 29, 2007 03:35 PM

Rick that is what I was thinking too, he is super rich and could easily afford his own plane to fly his relatives anywhere they want to go.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 12:44 AM

Darth, LMAO they do don't they. Yep so many of them look a lot like Frank Zappa.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 12:45 AM

SSgt Steve, hahaha good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 12:47 AM

Lynn, "Islamic Paris Hilton"......Hahahaha good name for them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 12:48 AM

Tom I agree I would have thought they all had private planes. I bet many of them do so this is very odd.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 12:51 AM

Bob, omg that is awful. Thank you for the link and the story. Good grief if a person buys even a Bible they can do whateve they want with it. I would hate them to do something bad to the Bible but they have that right. So not the Quran what a bunch of bunk.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 12:54 AM

Texas Fred, I agree that is why this whole thing stinks to high heaven. I mean the story is true and all, but why on earth would these people bother with such stupid stuff when they don't have to other then their agenda to get the world to take notice. sheesh

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 12:59 AM

GUYK, hahaha that is what they deserve.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 01:00 AM

Trish, exactly and what you said proves how we do try and they sure don't too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 01:03 AM

Glenn M. Cassel,AMH1(AW), USN, RET, that is exactly what happened. Thanks.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 01:06 AM

Jack, LOL, larded ammo.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 01:08 AM

Van Helsing that would make a great sign. I think if I worked for the airline I would want that on a sticker on my locker.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 01:10 AM

Mark, that surprised me a little too, when I saw Quttar in the story. But then Muslim is the key word anymore.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 30, 2007 01:12 AM

10-4 SSgt Steve USMC at +8 hour time 130 degrees F and a supposed dry heat... Frank Zappa's 'Illinois Enema Bandit'
classic from the 70's would be an appropriate Sen. Barack 'Bam-Bam' Obama 2008 presidential campaign song... over and out! - OOHRAH 2007

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at July 30, 2007 02:07 AM

well, my take is the passengers should sue the shit out those sorry bastards for anguish, three hours in a sitting duck airplane is agony. the imans in the USA are presently suing the airline and the john doe that reported their bizarre behavior, so why not give those fuckers a taste of their own medicine.

Posted by: jan at July 31, 2007 06:58 AM