Update: Evidently it was U.S. air marshals onboard who were suspicious. Fox has a tip that the passengers’ behavior involved cell phones.
Update: Who knows?A U.S. passenger named Alpa, who did not wish to use her last name, told AP television reporters she had seen police handcuff and remove around 11 men of south Asian appearance from the plane before other passengers. She said she didn’t see what happened but heard from other passengers the men had aroused suspicion by getting out their mobile phones.. . .
Update: Walid Phares says all 12 who were arrested were using their cell phones after the plane took off. Not sure what his source is for that.
Update: The AP says they weren’t just using the cell phones, they were passing them around to each other.
1. Gulf News: UAE student falls victim to racial profiling at Los Angeles airport
2. NY1: A group of Muslim-Americans say they were detained for hours at Kennedy Airport when they came back to the U.S. last week after trips abroad, and they say it was only because of their looks, their backgrounds, or their faith.