Muslim woman kicked off American Airlines flight for making passenger feel ‘uncomfortable’

A muslim woman was removed from an American Airlines flight after a white man complained that he felt uncomfortable with her on the plane.

  • The woman is Amani al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of Muslim Girl and the first Muslim woman to run for Congress in New Jersey.
  • Al-Khatahtbeh was arrested on Saturday after she was taken off an AA flight at Newark Airport.
  • She believes she has been treated unjustly as she had been singled out after an incident with a white male passenger.

Media figure Amani al-Khatahtbeh was put in handcuffs and taken off an AA flight.

The founder of Muslim Girl and the first Muslim woman to run for Congress in New Jersey was due to fly from Newark to Charlotte, North Carolina on 14 November. However, according to the Independent the woman was arrested after an incident involving a white male passenger. Al-Khatahtbeh was reportedly singled out and taken off her flight after the man complained that her presence was making him ‘feel uncomfortable’. The media figure shared her story on Twitter as she posted the following thread:

Following this, the man had made a complaint about her and she was subsequently taken off the flight.

In addition to AMANI’s tweets, another passenger also shared footage and images on Twitter:

In a statement to The Hill, American Airlines commented on the incident:

Initial witness accounts indicate the conflict began during TSA screening. Both PreCheck and non-PreCheck screening were consolidated into one open lane. Our understanding is that Ms. al-Khatahtbeh believed the other passenger, who is enrolled in PreCheck, was getting favorable treatment because he was allowed to proceed through security while she was removing her shoes […] This led to a verbal altercation that continued through the terminal and on the plane where Ms. al-Khatahtbeh confronted the passenger and began filming him before taking her seat. 

Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in New Jersey released a statement claiming that “The airline must immediately explain why it singled out Amani by contacting the police and ejecting her from a flight based on the word of a man who had allegedly harassed her.”

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