Muslim family kicked off United Airlines flight for "safety" reasons

Published April 3rd, 2016 - 06:53 GMT
An screengrab from the video apparently filmed on a United Airlines flight in Chicago on March. 20. (photo: Facebook/ Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley)
An screengrab from the video apparently filmed on a United Airlines flight in Chicago on March. 20. (photo: Facebook/ Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley)

In the wake of recent terror attacks in Brussels, Paris and elsewhere, religious profiling of Muslims at the airport seems to be on the rise. 

On March 20, a Muslim family from Illinois was asked to leave a United Airlines flight at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. 

The family of five, who were on their way to Washington D.C. for spring break, captured the tense interaction on video. 

It all started when the mother and father asked for an extra strap to secure their youngest child's booster seat. A flight attendant can then be seen asking the family "to step off the aircraft." 

When the mother (who wears a hijab) asked, "Is this a discriminatory decision? What is the reason?" a man who appeared to be the pilot responded, "Because it is a safety of flight issue."

Watch the interaction below: 

 

Shame on you #unitedAirlines for profiling my family and me for no reason other than how we look and kicking us off the...

Posted by Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The family is now demanding an apology from United Airlines, which later explained the incident to The Chicago Tribune in a statement saying they were ejected from the plane "because of concerns about their child's safety seat," which "did not comply with federal safety regulations."

-HS


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