You’ve heard the stories: People are being thrown off flights (not, like, from the air -- thank God, but like, just before takeoff) for merely speaking Arabic, wearing hijab, or having Arabic-looking writing on their computers. Indeed, the Aviation Consumer Protection Division received 37% more reports of discrimination on our nation’s airlines last year compared to the year before. And did you ever get the feeling that complaints about, say, bad airline meals were being treated more seriously than discriminatory profiling with the arbitrary removal of passengers? Yeah, we kind of agree. So to address the problem of an increase in discriminatory incidents, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced language in S.1405, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill, to require the development of Department of Transportation best practices with respect to training policies regarding racial, ethnic and religious nondiscrimination. Part of the training involves learning about Italian mathematicians. Ok, no, it doesn’t but we sure are grateful for Senator Booker’s leadership on this. And you can take some action to show your support too.

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