American Airlines Accused of Ousting Muslim Passenger
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A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization asked the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday to look into a December 2015 incident in which an American Muslim passenger was removed from an American Airlines flight, NBC News reported.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations communications director Ibrahim Hooper told the news agency that the organization is just now filing the complaint about the Dec. 6, 2015, incident "because up until this point we had been trying to reach a resolution with the airline directly. No luck.”
According to CAIR, a flight attendant reportedly announced the passenger’s name and seat number, saying that she would be keeping an eye on him aboard the flight departing from Charlotte, N.C.
When Mohamed Ahmed Radwan confronted the flight attendant, she allegedly said he was being “too sensitive,” according to CAIR. Radwan told two other American employees what the flight attendant had said. He was then told that he needed to exit the plane because the flight attendant was “uncomfortable.”
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"American was contacted by CAIR earlier this year,” an American Airlines representative told NBC. “We thoroughly reviewed these allegations and concluded that no discrimination occurred. We serve customers of all backgrounds and faiths, and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind."
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