T-Shirt Keeps Man From Boarding Buffalo Flight

11:16 AM, Aug 29, 2012   |    comments
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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- A man from Arizona missed his flight home earlier this month when officials kept him from boarding a flight at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport due to what the man was wearing.

Arjit Guha, who is a Ph.D. student in Phoenix, blogged about his experience, which he called racial profiling.

Guha wore a t-shirt with a design that included the words "bomb" and "terrists", the latter purposefully misspelled as part of what he called his "mocking the security theater charade and over-reactions to terrorism by the general public."

TSA officers questioned Guha, put him through additional screenings, and then said if he changed his shirt, he could board the Delta flight.

However, moments later, the pilot of the plane said Guha could not board. The pilot referenced passengers who were still uneasy.

Guha said Delta gave in to the "irrational fear-mongering of white bigots."

Guha also said local NFTA officers used racists remarks, saying the passenger "looks foreign". NFTA Spokesperson Doug Hartmayer disputed that account and said his officers acted accordingly.

In a statement, Delta said, "Safety and security will always be our first priority and most fundamental obligation. Delta doesn't discriminate or condone discrimination of any kind against our employees or customers."

For more, watch 2 On Your Side's Michael Wooten's full report in the video player.

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