‘What would happen with a scarf over my face?’: Outrage of Fireman Sam creator detained and branded racist for innocent burqa joke at airport security

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By Jonathan Petre

Last updated at 1:20 PM on 26th February 2012

 

Humiliated: David Jones, who created Fireman Sam, is outraged by the way he was treated at Gatwick AirportHumiliated: David Jones, who created Fireman Sam, is outraged by the way he was treated at Gatwick Airport

The creator of the popular children’s character Fireman Sam has told how he was accused of racism after making a light-hearted remark at Gatwick airport.

Dave Jones said he experienced an ‘Orwellian nightmare’ after commenting on the ease with which a woman with her face covered by a hijab, another form of the burqa, had walked through security controls.

As he placed his scarf and other items into a tray to pass through an X-ray scanner, he quipped to an official: ‘If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.’

To his astonishment, he was met on the other side of the barrier by officials who detained him for an hour in an attempt to force him to apologise and the police were called.

Mr Jones, 67, who was supposed to be meeting his daughters, said: ‘Something like George Orwell’s 1984 now seems to have arrived  in Gatwick airport.

‘I feel my rights as an individual have been violated.

‘What I underwent amounts to intimidation, unlawful arrest and detention. I was humiliated and denigrated in full public view.

 

 

‘I am a 67-year-old pensioner and have lived my life within the law.

‘I do not have even one point on my driving licence.’

Mr Jones said that when he had made his original remark, the guard had appeared to agree with him, responding: ‘I know what you mean, but we have our rules and you aren’t allowed to say that.’

Tight security: David Jones was detained after being searched at Gatwick AirportTight security: David Jones was detained after being searched at Gatwick Airport

As he went through security where he hoped to meet up with his two grown-up daughters, he was confronted by a woman official who said he was being held because he had made an offensive remark.

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4 Replies to “‘What would happen with a scarf over my face?’: Outrage of Fireman Sam creator detained and branded racist for innocent burqa joke at airport security”

  1. Enoch Powell was right….take England now….as she is raped and rent…as she is violated and disfigured beyond recognition by the lowest? bidder she sold her soul to, by vagrants, criminals and the lowest common denominator, human garbage from third world countries…..countries that are little more than filthy backward toilets, waves of fanatical oxygen thieves arriving with shrill voices and extended hands……..a once magnificent country now become puppet to the madness of political and bureaucratic puppet masters……murderous puppet masters whose singular focus, wrought from the dying throes of intellectual syphilis, is the utter destruction of Britain and, once achieved, the subjugation of the putrefied remains……and yet not a single whimper of protest from “true and patriotic’ Britons……what a sickening farce.

    Mark my words……Britain will fall and will spend many centuries under the boot heel of her muslim masters…..a fate she so diligently cultivated….a fate she so richly deserves..

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

  2. ‘I know what you mean, but we have our rules and *you* aren’t allowed to say that.’

    When did government rules on etiquette with their own guards apply to the public?

  3. If he had said ‘there’s a bomb in my bag’ I would have understood the reaction. To hold up an harass a pensioner for an hour over a comment that would not be considered racist by most people seems to be a complete over reaction. I have not seen a comment by the airport or its owners GIP on this. It would be interesting to know what their view is. Have they made any comments?

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