Racism at Beirut International Airport

October 8, 2012  

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BeirutNightLife.com has always seeked to promote Lebanon as the best tourism location in the region. That is why we are publishing the below, unless we work together to eliminate such acts from our society then we are not helping our beloved country.

This incident happened with a guy called Abed Shaheen who witnessed a shameful act at Beirut International Airport and shared on his Facebook.

Racism at Beirut Airport! My personal hands-on experience.

Yesterday on the 6th of October I was at gate 11 with a friend of mine waiting to board the Air Arabia flight at 20:25.

While waiting to board there was a group of foreign workers sitting with the rest of the passengers waiting for their turn. They were behaving normally as any other group of passengers would. Then sadly, the lady (looking at her uniform she apparently works for MEA Ground Services and not Air Arabia) at the gate announced on loud speaker (over the whole system covering the airport) the following: “Filipino people stop talking”; then she started giggling about it with the macho gentleman who was with her at the gate. They continued their racist behavior by announcing again “Filipino Nepal people talking not allowed here” and on and on.

Shocked, I obviously became furious and approached them and explained that this racist and discriminatory behavior is not acceptable, impolite and does not at the least reflect what employees at Beirut Airport should stand for (not to imply it’s acceptance in any other situation of course).

This unfortunately sounded like a joke to them and they went on to say “we do whatever we want and we don’t care about what you are saying”, then “management doesn’t even want this kind of people on the flight” and “even if you complain this will be thrown away and we dare you to do anything about it”. When I asked her “how would you feel if you ever wanted to travel to Europe and while queuing for your visa they told you the same thing?”, she replied “these people are different”; The macho gentleman seeing that his female friend, whom he was trying so hard to impress with his imitating giggles, was cornered with her twisted racist logic even went further to ask me to back off the counter and threatening to make a problem and to void my ticket!!

When I asked for the complaint form they answered (While still laughing of course) “take it from the flight attendants and good luck sitting next to such people on the flight” I did file an official complaint with Air Arabia and their staff was very helpful and promised to reach the message out to their management. However Air Arabia is paying MEAG for such services and they need to use their power to do greater efforts too to ensure that the people behind this are held accountable. I also sent an email today to Mr. Richard Mujais from MEAG, explaining what happened and asked him to further discuss this with me and to show us that these employees were held accountable for such racist behavior.

Until then, and as a friend suggested that they also need to be exposed please help me exposing such intolerable behavior…

We at BeirutNightLife.com, support what Abed did and call upon all those who believe in equality to point out such acts. We denounce any kind of racism in Lebanon and call for action from the authorities against those who conduct such acts or support them.



6 Responses

  1. joanna October 8, 2012

    unfortunately half of our society thinks and act like this impolite/rude/racist girl ,


  2. Mahmoud Abdullah October 9, 2012

    That is why Joanna, if anyone notices such an act, they should do what Abed did and blast them in the media.. If Abed did not do this, no one would have known of such a despicable incident

  3. dana bou melhem October 9, 2012

    I was on this trip, cant beleive u r asking to dismiss some body, is this wat u r looking forward, i was there the passengers complaint several times to this employee and am one of them, plzzzz let them be quite we r on a damn plane, after baging her, she went to where they are sitting (filipinos), and she asked them very quitely to avoid loud voice since other passengers are complaining, which microphone are u talkin about,,7aram 3alaikn, 5afo alla, sar ktir sahl t5rbu byut l3alam, she did her duty and THATS ALL.. Fetouli fiha racism w medri shu… wl sha5es li katab hal shi bs 7abeb y3mel balbale w yshaweh souret l MEA!!!

  4. joanna October 10, 2012

    @dana , eh la2ano abd aw ghayro ,ma 3ando shi , gher ya3moul balbale 3al MEA !

  5. Sara October 11, 2012

    @dana heyy please am a journalist and am interested in contacting you to get more information about the issue from another point if you want to help let me know

  6. [...] a letter published through Beirut Night Life, businessman Aben Shaheen, a witness claimed that the foreign passengers (Filipinos) were behaving [...]


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