An American Airlines mechanic was arrested Thursday on a sabotage charge accusing him of disabling a navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard before it was scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport earlier this summer.
The reason, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in Miami federal court: Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a veteran employee, was upset over stalled union contract negotiations.
After his arrest Thursday, the affidavit says that Alani told federal air marshals assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force that “his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers.”
He said that his motive in tampering with the navigational system was because he was “upset” over stalled contract negotiations between the mechanics’ union and American Airlines that has raged for months — that “the dispute had affected him financially.”
So that’s what you do when your contract negotiations are stalled? You sabotage a plane? Sure, that happens all the time.
Especially if your name is Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani.
Maybe we are a bunch of Islamophobes. Maybe we are irrational in our distrust. Or maybe, just maybe, there is a real problem of Islamic terrorism within the muslim community. Hell, even some Muslim Americans are starting to think we should profile Muslims in airport security.