Northwest Airlines apologizes to Hajj pilgrims
|DETROIT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Northwest Airlines apologized on Wednesday to 40 American Muslims who were barred from a recent flight to Detroit, but denied it discriminated against the group, which was returning from a Hajj pilgrimage.|
Northwest said the pilgrims failed to check in one hour before their trans-Atlantic flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit was scheduled to depart, as is required. The passengers arrived in Frankfurt via a charter flight from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and mistakenly believed they were cleared to board the Northwest flight, but were not.
"The passengers were accommodated on the next available flights to Detroit," Northwest said. "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused the passengers."
CAIR got on its high horse and demanded money from Northwest.
|The Jan. 7 incident was taken up by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which welcomed the airline's apology, but said the group wanted clarification and compensation.|
"Northwest has not taken full responsibility," said Dawud Walid, Michigan director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who said he will meet this week with airline representatives.
Walid said many in the group were bypassed in line by other passengers who were allowed to board the flight.
If those people were there on time, they would be able to get on board.