Muslim women asked to disembark from Southwest Airline flight at Chicago Airport

Published on : Saturday, April 16, 2016

muslim womanA Muslim woman was asked to get off a Southwest Airline plane at the Chicago Airport. The woman was asked to get off the plane without any explanation after she asked her neighbour to switch seats.

 

 

 

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) feels that the incident occurred due to a bias against Muslims. The woman was from Somali and wearing a headscarf.

 

 

The woman, Hakima Abdulle was travelling alone and requested her co passenger to exchange seats with her. She wished to move to the aisle seat. She was on her way to Seattle to help a pregnant family member.

 

Soon after Abdulle changed seats a flight attendant came to her and told her that they were not allowed to change seats even when airline policy offered unassigned seating.

 

 

She was asked to disembark by the flight attendant and was not given an adequate response on why she was asked to leave the plane. The fight attendant later responded to police queries that since she did not feel comfortable with the passenger she asked her to get off the plane.

 

 

After Ms Abdulle asked to speak to the supervisor she was rebooked in another flight to Seattle several hours later.

 

 

Zainab Chaudry, the Maryland Outreach Manager at CAIR said that she suffered acute distress and anxiety along with public humiliation. He felt that Ms. Abdulle should be reimbursed her airfare and demanded a thorough investigation in the matter with a formal apology from the Southwest Airlines.

 

 

Her husband too expressed his outrage at the humiliation his wife faced. He said that she broke off crying in front of all the passengers.  He wanted to know over the phone as he spoke to the flight attendant why his wife was escorted off the plane, she could hardly speak English but the flight attendant did not respond.

 

 

Muslim traveller are frequently discriminated against in American carriers as the couple’s layer William Burgess, noted that it is violation of law to discriminate against someone based on their religion but almost dozens of similar reports have been reported this year alone.

 

 

 

In an official statement made by Southwest Airlines it was stated, ” Information available, collected at the time of the event, indicates that our employees followed proper procedures in response to this customer’s actions while onboard the aircraft. Out of respect for the customer’s privacy, we will not share specifics about her conduct or travel experience. We are not in the business of removing passengers from flights without reason; our goal is to get each one of our Customers to their final destination safely. We are responsible for the comfort of all passengers and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

Ms Chaudry feels that the trend is alarming against Muslims as cases of discrimination are on the rise.

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11 Responses to Muslim women asked to disembark from Southwest Airline flight at Chicago Airport

  1. pg says:

    perhaps they should take off their headband and not bring attention to the fact that they are muslims

  2. biglimojoe says:

    The shoe bomber demanded a window seat. Now we know why.

    • Yes, the shoe bomber, people who have motion sickness, people who are afraid of flying and feel safer, women who do not want to be caught between a man and the window….all sorts of reasons. Discrimination, as this seems to be and certainly the other times mentioned were, is wrong, in all situations.

  3. Tim says:

    It is sad we live in such times. But one cannot overlook the fact that while all Muslims are not terrorists all terrorists are Muslim. So if non radical Muslims are discriminated against let them blame their fellow Muslims who are terrorist for bringing this upon them. Sad but true. It is not our fault that we have to view all Muslims with due caution. How many suicide bombers are Women who appear just like everyone else. They are always Muslim. So please spare us the ourtrage it is your own people who are to blame for this.

    • Jennifer says:

      “all terrorists are Muslim” – HA! Robert Lewis Dear is not a Muslim. Jared Lee Loughner is not a Muslim. Timothy McVeigh was not a Muslim. Elliot Rodger was not a Muslim. Adam Lanza was not a Muslim. We do not have to view all Muslims with caution. If you look at statistics of mass shootings in America, I guess we should be kicking all white Christian males off airplanes.

    • sue says:

      Just to clarify… not all terrorists are Muslim. But all people who post this kind of tripe are idiots.

  4. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    This is quite alarming. Airlines should be forced to pay a huge compensation, so that such instances do not occur and airline thinks twice before asking any passenger to get off the plane. there are so many cases where compensation is paid for the embarrassment and mental torture suffered by any human being. so why not in these cases of discrimination. Just rebooking the flights is not compensation.

  5. ANA VASQUEZ says:

    Many reasons, but they should never use headscarf anymore while in any western country. Headscarfs also stress us in many ways to our population….Also, this is against women in itself. This damages our self image. Please do not come to our countries if you do not adapt to our rules.

    • Jennifer says:

      Why can’t women wear headscarves in western countries? America is the land of the free – what gives you the right to tell another woman how she should dress? “Do not come to our countries if you do not adapt to our rules” – our rule is freedom, which you do not seem to be adapting to – perhaps it is you that should leave?

  6. MD.A.AARIF says:

    THIS IS TOO MUCH. THERE IS A LIMIT FOR EVERYTHING.THIS KIND OF RACISM IS NOT TOLERABLE.PLEASE DONT FORGET THAT SHE IS YOUR CUSTOMER. YOU CAN NEVER TREAT YOUR CUSTOMER LIKE THIS. THE AIRLINE SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR THIS IN FRONT OF ALL THEIR PASSENGERS & ALSO REFUND THE FARE ALONG WITH COMPENSATION & THE CONCERNED CREW WHO MISBEHAVED SHOULD BE DISMISSED FROM HIS SERVICE.

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