Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Airport admits installing foot-washing benches

Prayer rugs at taxicab facility restroom at Kansas City International Airport
Foot-washing benches at a taxicab facility at Kansas City airport

But denies they're intended for Muslim cab drivers.

Kansas City International Airport officials have acknowledged installing foot-washing benches in a restroom at the airport, but deny they're intended for Muslim cab drivers.

WND over the weekend reported that KCI Airport recently constructed four foot-washing benches to accommodate a growing number of Muslim drivers who requested the facilities to prepare for daily Islamic prayer.

The story set off a firestorm after talk radio host Michael Savage ran with it on his nationally syndicated show. Local media in Kansas City, Mo., also weighed in on the controversy, triggering an official response from airport authorities.

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