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Ryanair CEO Under Fire for Comments About Muslim Men

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Low-cost carrier Ryanair has come under fire after its chief executive officer suggested Muslim men should be profiled at airport security checkpoints.

According to The Associated Press, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told the Times of London he doesn’t believe families with young children should not have to face the same security protocols as other travelers since the posed “zero” threat.

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O’Leary then said terrorists “will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion.”

“Thirty years ago, it was the Irish,” the Ryanair CEO told the Times of London. “If that is where the threat is coming from, deal with the threat.”

In response, several charity organizations and government bodies have spoken out against the comments. The Muslim Council of Britain called O’Leary statements “racist and discriminatory,” while Labour Party lawmaker Khalid Mahmood said the CEO was “actually encouraging racism.”

O’Leary has caused controversy for Ryanair in the past as well, as he once said airlines were falsely blamed for their role in climate change and most airport security was “utterly useless.”

In addition, the controversial CEO said last year Boeing needed to get “their s— together” after the 737 MAX fleet was grounded, causing deliveries of new planes to the discount carrier to be pushed back.

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TSA Confirms First Employee Death Related to Coronavirus

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The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that a federal employee working at a New Jersey airport died from complications associated with coronavirus, marking the agency’s first COVID-19-related death.

According to the official TSA website, 39-year-old Francis “Frank” Boccabella III died on April 2 after 16 years with the organization. He was an Explosive Detection Canine Handler at Newark Liberty International Airport.

A TSA spokesperson sent heartfelt condolences to Boccabella’s wife, extended family, colleagues and friends. “His passing represents a personal loss to all of us who knew him and cherished both his friendship and professionalism,” the statement read.

Boccabella joined the TSA in 2004 at John F. Kennedy International Airport before becoming a Compliance Inspector at the Newark airport and finally settling into his role as an Explosive Detection Canine Handler.

Boccabella worked with a six-year-old German Short-haired Pointer named Bullet to screen hundreds of thousands of passengers, keeping them and the transportation network safe.

In recent weeks, the TSA received updated protocols regarding the spread of coronavirus, including the decision to allow employees to wear N95 masks and eye protection, as well as mandatory nitrile gloves.

The TSA also recently announced a new website to provide travelers with updated airport regulations and keep track of confirmed cases of coronavirus among employees.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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