Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Fri March 11 2016

Muslim Women Removed From Flight for Making Attendant Uncomfortable

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 11, 2016

Muslim Women Removed From Flight for Making Attendant Uncomfortable

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Two Muslim women were reportedly removed from a flight Saturday after a Jetblue crew member became uncomfortable that they were taking photographs or videotaping the in-flight procedures.

According to, a video was filmed and posted online of the two Muslim women being removed from the aircraft at the behest of police officers. While the original video was taken down, other news sources have shared copies of the incident.

The two women were on Jetblue Flight JB487 from Boston to Los Angeles, and successfully landed at Los Angeles International Airport without incident. Upon landing, though, police officers boarded the flight and began questioning the two women.

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Authorities told the women to collect their personal belongings and were escorted off the flight by officers. Reports from passengers on the plane claim the women were not causing any issues and were watching movies the whole flight.

The passenger who filmed the incident also said the flight attendant felt uncomfortable when the women began staring at her and filming the safety procedures. In response to the incident, JetBlue released a statement in defense of its flight crew:

“More than 35 million customers from many cultures and backgrounds travel on JetBlue without incident each year. Our crewmembers' first priority is the safe and secure operation of our flights, and as a security precaution, are asked to be aware of anyone who may be filming or taking photographs of inflight procedures or the flight deck area. If a crewmember believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crewmember may report it for further review.”

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The video of the women being removed was released on YouTube:


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