London, 27 Safar 1437/9 December 2015 (MINA) – A Muslim man has been thrown off a National Express bus after a passenger complained he felt uncomfortable.
The Muslim man was escorted off the London-bound bus after female passengers at the front of the bus complained to the driver immediately after the man boarded, World Bulletin quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Although staff is denying claims of Islamophobia and insisted the man was asked to leave the bus because of his excessive luggage, University of Bristol student Rebekah Makinde asserts it was because of his religion.
“I couldn’t really believe what I was seeing. As soon as he got on the coach, the women at the front were just silent and staring at him. They were making their feelings very obvious. As soon as the man sat down, one of the women went to speak to the driver. Another member of staff then came on and asked the man to get off.
“What disgusted me the most was that someone actually thanked the woman after he left. I understand that drivers want their passengers to feel comfortable. But not if it stems from someone’s unfounded and Islamophobic beliefs and at the expense of another paying passenger. I am truly appalled.”
The company denied the allegations and attempted to respond to the hundreds of complains that came through Twitter. The company said in a statement, “The gentleman concerned boarded with excess luggage which became an issue for a number of our other customers.
“He refused to put the excess luggage in the hold when requested, was abusive towards our staff and walked out of the station.
“Our staff, who often have to make difficult decisions at short notice, remained professional throughout and are extremely upset at these serious allegations which are both unfounded and untrue.” (T/P006/R03)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)