By Louis Chan
Niala Mohammad is seen here in a lighter moment.
AsAmNews National Correspondent
Two separate incidents this week point to the lingering hostility faced by Muslim Americans.
Journalist Niala Mohammad said she and a friend she only identified as a Muslim American federal worker, were asked to leave a delayed American Airline flight from Miami to Washington because a flight attendant did not feel safe with them on board.
In Gary, Indiana, WLS reports another Muslim American woman says she was kicked out of a Family Dollar store for wearing a niqab and hijab. She caught part of the incident on video and you can hear about her story in the report below.
According to the account Mohammad wrote on her Facebook page
, she and her friend were kicked off the flight after they were overheard complaining about the customer service. Their flight had been delayed for some five hours on the tarmac and she says they were only given one glass of water and a bag of pretzels during that time.
“My friend and I were removed from American Airlines (AA) flight 2239 traveling from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Washington-Reagan National Airport (DCA) because the main crew airline attendant felt “unsafe” by our presence,” wrote Mohammad. “Yup, the only two apparent Muslim girls on the plane got kicked off. Not sure if it was my friend’s statement “evil-eye” bracelet, the fact that I was watching a Pakistani drama on my iPhone, or our obvious Muslim last names that made him uncomfortable, but here’s the kicker, we both work for the United States Federal government.”
She says a White passenger who was right behind them and also complaining about the service, was not asked to leave.
American Airlines gave the two a $200 voucher for a future flight and $24 food credit.
“We appreciated both Ms. Broco’s attempt to offer us some compensation and the 5 security officers good humor in deescalating the situation. However, it didn’t take away from the fact that a rude AA employee got away with treating passengers with such utter contempt and discrimination,” she said.
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