A group of Jewish Israeli travelers forced the Greek national carrier Aegean Airways to take two Arab Israelis off a flight from Athens to Tel Aviv for fear that the pair "could be terrorists," the Times of Israel website reports today (January 6, 2016).
During the incident on January 3, the Israelis stood up and prevented the flight from taking off, the airline said.
As the airport was about to close, the Arab passengers were offered a night in a hotel at the airline's expense and were promised seats on a flight to Israel the following morning. Some of the Israelis demanded that the Arabs' luggage be checked as well, but that demand was not met.
"While it is indeed unfortunate that they were possibly racially profiling the customers, indeed their fellow Israelis'... safety must be first," Aegean said. The two Arabs were compensated for the incident and flew to Israel on an El Al flight the next day.