'Goodbye racists': Pair kicked off plane after asking Pakistani couple if they had a bomb

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:17 PM

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A man and his companion were escorted off a United Airlines plane over the weekend after he made racist remarks to a Pakistani couple, according to multiple reports.

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The passengers, who were not identified, were traveling Saturday from Chicago to Houston when the man in question spotted a Pakistani man and woman dressed in traditional garb, KHOU reported. As the Pakistani pair put their bags into the bin above their seats, the man asked whether they had a bomb.

It appeared the pair didn't hear him, so he repeated the question.

"That's not a bomb in your bag, is it?" he asked, according to a woman on the flight who spoke to KHOU.

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The comment made at least three passengers uncomfortable enough to complain to flight attendants. Among them was the unidentified woman who spoke to KHOU and her boyfriend, who is Indian-American.

After they lodged their complaints, the man in question confronted them.

"(He) asked where my boyfriend was from (and) my boyfriend said, 'It's none of your business,'" the woman told KHOU. "At that point, he said all illegals and all foreigners need to leave the country."

In cellphone footage captured before the man and his companion were escorted from the flight, the man can be heard saying that all "illegals" need to "get out."

Seconds later, a flight attendant asks him to gather his belongings and get off the plane. His companion joins him, smiling sarcastically and occasionally waving a middle finger at the person recording the incident.

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"Happy flight home," the man tells the person recording as he grabs a bag from an overhead bin. "I hope you stay there."

"Get out of here," a woman responds. "Racists aren't welcome in America. This is not Trump's America."

As the man waves, passengers can be heard cheering.

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"Goodbye, racists," a woman says.

"Hey, I'll come back, but you'll be gone," the man responds.

United Airlines spokesman Jonathan Guerin told The Washington Post the man and woman who were escorted off the plane were able to get on a later flight to Houston.

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"We removed two passengers for making others feel uncomfortable on the flight and for saying some inappropriate things to customers on the flight," Guerin told the Post. "Most customers appreciate a place where they feel safe and where they're not going to be attacked, and we want to provide that."

Morgan Freeman honored with lifetime achievement award at SAG Awards

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:43 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)(Christopher Polk)

Legendary actor Morgan Freeman was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — one of the most prestigious honors in the entertainment industry — which was given to him by longtime colleague and friend Rita Moreno.

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“Morgan is way more than just an actor, narrator, producer, humanitarian. This man is a national treasure,” Moreno said.

When he came to the stage, the 80-year-old icon traded a few playful jokes with Moreno, before moving on to the thank you’s.

“These moments in one’s life usually will call for an entire litany of thank you’s. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names, so I won’t try,” said Freeman. “This is beyond honor. This is a place in history.”

But towards the end of his speech, Freeman commented on the SAG award statue: 

“I wasn’t gonna do this, but I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue,” he said. “It works from the back. From the front, it’s gender-specific. Maybe I started something.”

NYPD officers help wheelchair-bound veteran who was left in front of steps in the cold

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:04 PM

Police helped a veteran in a wheelchair up the steps to his apartment Saturday. (Photo: NYPD)
Police helped a veteran in a wheelchair up the steps to his apartment Saturday. (Photo: NYPD)

Two New York Police Department officers helped an 85-year-old veteran in a wheelchair who was dropped off at the steps of his apartment in the cold and could not maneuver up them Saturday. 

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The officers from the 75th precinct, whose names were not released, were on patrol when they saw the man, who had been dropped off at his apartment by a taxi driver, leaving the man sitting outside in the cold at the foot of the steps, according to the NYPD.

The officers helped the man, who said he was a Korean War veteran, up the stairs so he could get into his house, according to police. Inside, they all talked. The officers thanked the man for his service and took some photos together before they went back on patrol, the NYPD said.

Here’s how your senator voted on reopening the government after the shutdown

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:35 PM

What You Need to Know: Government Shutdown

The Senate on Monday passed a temporary spending bill to end the three-day-old government shutdown at least through Feb. 8.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), said his party would “vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating" after he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kty.) made a deal to begin debating an immigration bill by Feb. 8 that included deciding the fate of the nearly 800,000 “Dreamers,” those who are a part of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.

Eighty-one Senators voted yes on the bill, 18 voted no. Of the 18 voting no, two were Republicans. Below is a list of senators and how they voted. 

Republican senators voting yes: 

Lamar Alexander - (Tenn.) 

John Barrasso - (Wy.) 

Blunt, Roy - (Mo.) 

Boozman, John - (Ark.) 

Burr, Richard - (N.C.) 

Capito, Shelley Moore - (W.V.) 

Cassidy, Bill - (La.) 

Cochran, Thad - (Miss.) 

Collins, Susan M. - (Me.) 

Corker, Bob - (Tenn.) 

Cornyn, John - (Texas) 

Cotton, Tom - (Ark.) 

Crapo, Mike - (Idaho) 

Cruz, Ted - (Texas) 

Daines, Steve - (Mt.) 

Enzi, Michael B. - (Wy.) 

Ernst, Joni - (Iowa) 

Fischer, Deb - (Ne.) 

Flake, Jeff - (Ariz) .

Gardner, Cory - (Col.) 

Graham, Lindsey - (S.C.) 

Grassley, Chuck - (Iowa)

Hatch, Orrin G. - (Utah)

Heller, Dean - (Nev.) 

Hoeven, John - (N.D.) 

Inhofe, James M. - (Okla.) 

Isakson, Johnny - (Ga.) 

Johnson, Ron - (Wisc.) 

Kennedy, John - (La.)

Lankford, James - (Okla). 

McCain, John - (Ariz.) – Did not vote

McConnell, Mitch - (Kty.) 

Moran, Jerry - (Kansas) 

Murkowski, Lisa - (Alaska) 

Perdue, David - (Ga.) 

Portman, Rob - (Ohio) 

Risch, James E. - (Idaho) 

Roberts, Pat - (Kansas)

Rounds, Mike - (S.D.) 

Rubio, Marco - (Fla.) 

Sasse, Ben - (Neb.) 

Scott, Tim - (S.C.) 

Shelby, Richard C. - (Ala.) 

Strange, Luther - (Ala.) 

Sullivan, Dan - (Alaska) 

Thune, John - (S.D.) 

Tillis, Thom - (N.D.)

Toomey, Patrick J. - (Penn.)

Wicker, Roger F. -- (Miss.)

Young, Todd - (Ind.) 

Republicans voting no:

Lee, Mike - (Utah) 

Paul, Rand - (Kty.) 

Democratic senators voting yes: 

Tammy Baldwin (Wisc.)

Michael Bennet (Colo.)

Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Maria Cantwell (Wa.)

Ben Cardin (Md.)

Tom Carper (Del.)

Bob Casey (Pa.)

Chris Coons (Del.)

Joe Donnelly (Ind.)

Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)

Dick Durbin (Ill.)

Maggie Hassan (N.H.)

Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)

Tim Kaine (Va.)

Angus King (I-Maine)

Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)

Joe Manchin (W.V.)

Claire McCaskill (Mo.)

Patty Murray (Wash.)

Bill Nelson (Fla.)

Gary Peters (Mich.)

Jack Reed (R.I.)

Brian Schatz (Hiwaii)

Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)

Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)

Tina Smith (Minn.)

Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

Tom Udall (N.M.)

Chris Van Hollen (Md.)

Mark Warner (Vir.)

Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

Democrats voting no: 

Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)

Cory Booker (N.J.)

Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)

Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

Kamala Harris (Calif.)

Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)

Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Ed Markey (Mass.)

Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada)

Bob Menendez (N.J.)

Jeff Merkley (Oregon)

Chris Murphy (Conn.)

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Jon Tester (Mont.)

Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

Ron Wyden (Oregon)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Senate leaders have reached an agreement to advance a bill ending government shutdown.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senate reaches deal to end shutdown; Trump to speak soon

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

What You Need to Know: Government Shutdown

Senate Democrats agreed to support a bill today to re-open the federal government until early next month in return for Republican promises to permit a floor debate on a bill to provide protection for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the breakthrough on the Senate floor shortly before a scheduled vote today on a bill to keep the government open until Feb. 8 and extend for six years a popular program that provides billions of federal dollars to the states to pay for the health care costs of low-income children.

"We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up-or-down vote on the floor," Schumer said.

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If the Senate agrees, the government will re-open this afternoon.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., earlier today pledged to have the Senate will take up immigration after the government re-opens. In a floor speech this morning, McConnell promised “an amendment process that is fair to all sides.”

“This immigration debate will have a level playing field at the outset,” McConnell said.

Senate Democrats had discovered what congressional Republicans learned in 1995 and 2013 – that it is difficult to prevail in a partial shutdown against a White House which will not budge.

In 2013, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, demanded that the price for keeping the federal government open was for President Barack Obama to scrap his signature 2010 health law known as Obamacare. Obama held firm and the congressional Republicans collapsed in acrimony.

This time, Senate Democrats are insisting that any move to open the government protections for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

In an appearance Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said “as Republicans, we have some experience with futile gestures like government shutdown.”

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Although most analysts do not believe a brief shutdown will have any meaningful impact on the November elections, Senate Democrats such as Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey in Pennsylvania are under intense pressure to keep the government open.

But like the tea party conservatives who backed Cruz in 2013, progressive Democrats are demanding that Senate Democrats hold firm and not yield to President Donald Trump.

“If you are a Democrat and you want to run for president you have to prove you hate Trump more than anyone else and this is part of the deal,” said Corry Bliss, who directs an independent organization support House Republicans.

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