Wednesday, April 05, 2006

'Playing The Clash made me a terror suspect' | the Daily Mail

'Playing The Clash made me a terror suspect' | the Daily Mail:

"The words of the Clash track begin: 'London calling to the faraway towns, now war is declared and battle come down.' And Led Zep's Immigrant Song goes: 'The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, to fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla, I am coming!'

Mr Mann, of Hartlepool, Teesside, had boarded the plane at Durham Tees Valley Airport when the flight to Heathrow was stopped and he was arrested by police.

He said he was told he was being questioned under the Terrorism Act and his choice of music had aroused suspicions.

Mr Mann said yesterday: 'The taxi had one of those tape deck things that plugs into your digital music player.

'I played Procol Harum's Whiter Shade Of Pale first, which the taxi man liked. I figured he liked the classics so put on a bit of Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song - which he didn't like. Then, since I was going to London, I played the song by The Clash and finished up with Nowhere Man by The Beatles.'

Mr Mann said he was 'frog-marched off the plane in front of everyone, had my bags searched and was asked 'every question you can think of'."

What country was the cab driver from?

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