|BovineOne ||07-19-2003 05:44 PM |
John Gilmore ejected for "Suspected Terrorist" pin
Suddenly a flight steward, Cabin Service
Director Khaleel Miyan, loomed in front of me and demanded that I
remove a small 1" button pinned to my left lapel. I declined, saying
that it was a political statement and that he had no right to censor
passengers' political speech. The button, which was created by
political activist Emi Koyama, says "Suspected Terrorist".
The steward returned with Capt. Peter Hughes. The captain requested,
and then demanded, that I remove the button (they called it a
"badge"). He said that I would endanger the aircraft and commit a
federal crime if I did not take it off. I told him that it was a
political statement and declined to remove it.
They turned the plane around and brought it back to the gate, delaying
300 passengers on a full flight.
(John Gilmore is well-known for his regular freedom-of-speech and right-to-privacy activism.)