Plane passenger fined £815 for pulling off Muslim woman’s hijab

Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016

Southwest AirlinesA passenger, flying between Chicago to Albuquerque in New Mexico pulled off a Muslim woman’s hijab, shouting “this is America” on the flight.


Gill Parker Payne has been fined £815 and ordered to a year’s probation including two months of home detention following this outrageous act.


The 37-year-old man admitted the offense saying he mentioned “take it off! This is America”.


US attorney Damon P. Martinez said this sentence would send across the clear message to anyone who will try to contemplate the use of threats or intimidation to interfere with the right of individuals, including members of our Muslim community, to express their faith without fear.


The accused passenger was travelling on the Southwest Airlines flight in December 2015. He was apologetic in a trial and said that he was drunk on the flight. He added to his lines that it was a matter of sheer embarrassment.

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