Police at Heathrow airport have today arrested the Prophet Muhammad after a row broke out when he attempted to board a flight to Turkey using a passport with no photo on it.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the founder of Islam was refused permission to board the British Airways flight, and subsequently detained after refusing to leave when asked to by check-in staff.
‘Our officers were called to assist with an incident where a man of middle-eastern appearance had been refused access to a flight after failing to present proper documentation.’ said Chief Superintendent Bert Moore, Head of Aviation Security.
‘His passport was valid in every other way, even though his date of birth suggested he was the best part of fifteen hundred years old, but there was no photo on there so check-in staff had no way of verifying that he was who he claimed to be. When officers arrived the gentleman was trying to explain that images of him were strictly forbidden by his religion and that he was therefore unable to include a photo on his passport.’ continued Mr Moore.
‘This presented a problem so we followed our standard operating procedure for dealing with sensitive religious issues, and arrested him as a terrorist.’
The Prophet has many supporters who say that this incident highlights a serious lack of understanding of different cultures and religions among the authorities. A small crowd of protesters has gathered outside of the airport calling for the Prophet’s release, chanting ‘Free Muhammad’ and waving placards without pictures on them.
Surprisingly this is not the first time that a religious figure has had problems with air travel. During the summer Jesus was turned away from a Ryanair flight to Ayia Napa when it emerged that his passport had expired two thousand years ago. A week later, travelling with a new passport, he was criticised by cabin crew for feeding everybody on board using just one loaf of bread and a small fish, severely hitting onboard food sales.