On the March 14 edition of Fox News' Your World With Neil Cavuto, Richard "Bo" Dietl, a private investigator and former New York City Police Department detective, asserted that a recent lawsuit filed by six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight in 2006 could be a deliberate attempt to pressure the travel industry to employ laxer security measures, facilitating terrorist acts on airplanes. Dietl also suggested that instead of flying, passengers such as the aforementioned imams should "call their cousin up there, Ali Baba Boo, and go by cab."
After host Neil Cavuto claimed that, in light of the pending US Airways lawsuit, airlines may feel it is "not worth it" to remove people like the imams, Dietl stated that anyone who boards a plane and says something "off-color," be they "Arabic or not," will be "removed from that plane and that's the way ... we have to deal" with that. Dietl went on to question the motives of the imams on the US Airways flight: "Was this a dry run or was it this publicity, [where] they would've had the lawyer ready to go?"
From the March 14 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:
CAVUTO: Well, now, you're afraid that airlines looking at this -- looking at a potential lawsuit, looking at losing a lot of money as a result -- are going to say, "not worth it."
DIETL: No, no. It's not going to happen like that. I just -- I'd like somebody to try and go on a plane and say something off-color. I don't care if you're Arabic or not; you're going to get removed from that plane and that's the way we have -- we have to deal with there's something going on. Was this a dry run or was it this publicity -- they would've had the lawyer ready to go? And they want to sue, so this way we back off, says we're able to slip things in. It's a little mentaltization [sic].
CAVUTO: Oh, now, that's -- that's interesting.
DIETL: Yeah, you think about that.
CAVUTO: So, you think that this sidetracks us when, in fact, that's setting up for the next --
DIETL: They came into the plane, the five -- five of them -- six of them traveled together. One sits in first class, two in the middle, the other guy's in the back. They order these extensions for the belt, they're talking about it. They're praying out loud on the plane, "Allah, Allah, Allah." Hey, if they don't like the plane, what they should just do. They should call their cousin up there, Mohammed. Take a taxi cab the next time. Stay off the damn plane.
DIETL: Hold on. The first-class guy jumped and went to the back, back and forth.
CAVUTO: That's right.
DIETL: They entered the plane. When the first class was boarding, all six of them come on. Unusual. You know what? Take a yellow cab. Call your cousin up there, Ali Baba Boo, and go by cab. All right?
CAVUTO: I'm not going to pursue that.