No, this is not the Onion.
"BA pilot sacked after 'terror' arrest loses appeal in which he claimed discrimination and unfair dismissal" Mail Online, July 8, 2012 (thanks to David)
A British Airways pilot sacked after he was arrested over an alleged terrorist plot involving an aircraft has lost his employment tribunal case against the airline.
Samir Jamaluddin, who flew Boeing 747s, was judged a security risk after he was questioned by Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officers in 2007.
No charges were brought and the matter was eventually dropped.
His airside pass was withdrawn, effectively ending his ten-year career as a pilot, and he was later dismissed.
Mr Jamaluddin, who was born in Surrey and is a practising Muslim of Indian descent, accused BA of racial and religious discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal.In a judgment last week, the tribunal at Havant, Hampshire, ruled that BA had neither discriminated against him nor acted unlawfully. But it also said there was no evidence of wrongdoing or misconduct by Mr Jamaluddin, who had done his job with ‘passion and pride’, and said BA’s actions had had a ‘catastrophic effect’ on his career.
The pilot was arrested after police allegedly uncovered links between him and two businessmen who had come to the attention of the security services when they booked flying lessons.
None of the arrests resulted in convictions, but after conducting two inquiries, BA concluded that Mr Jamaluddin was in a ‘position to cause considerable harm’ and should not be allowed to fly again.