Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Flying while brown, part II

I used to call it, 'Travelling while Asian', but let's face it: it's the brown skin that counts.

Here's the latest, from Boing Boing:

A 32-year-old man speaking Tamil and some English about a sporting rivalry was questioned at Sea-Tac Airport and missed his flight Saturday because at least one person thought he was suspicious.


The man was speaking Tamil, a language largely used in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore, on his cell phone at the departure gate and on the aircraft. An off-duty airline employee heard the conversation and informed the flight crew.

All those years I spent fending off attempts to teach me Tamil by my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles and second cousins twice removed are now finally worth it ! I am safe !!

I wonder what will happen if I speak Hindi....



  1. I was at the airport the other day speaking arabic on the phone, and I remembered your post when I saw someone staring at me. It was kind of strange but I there was nothing I could do because he already looked suspicious. I smiled at him and hoped he would thus feel silly. 

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    The only thing whites must be aware of is: don't stay on the beach too long, because THAT will make you a terrorist.

    "To the applause of fellow passengers, the Jewish designer was escorted from a New York flight as a potential bomber. Because, he tells Sophie Goodchild, of his holiday tan"


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