Arab-American Family Outraged After Getting Kicked Off Flight
A Muslim family from Chicago was outraged recently after they say they were forced off a United Airlines flight for "safety reasons."
Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley took her anger to social media, where she reportedly posted video of a flight attendant asking her, her husband and three kids to deplane for no apparent reason.
The incident occurred after Shebley asked a flight attendant about five-point harnesses for the kids, WDIV reports.
The flight attendant said she had no idea what the mother was talking about and the family was soon lead off the plane.
“Shame on you United Airlines for profiling my family for no reason than how we look," wrote Shebley, who wears a hijab. "My three kids are too young to have experienced this.”
The video can no longer be viewed on Facebook.
After getting off the plane, the family contacted customer service, who apologied and rebooked them on a new flight to Washington, DC. They also filed a complaint.
The family would later contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations of Michigan, Dawud Walid, told WDIV:
“Unfortunately there’s a growing problem on airlines of Muslims being removed from flights when they cause no reasonable security concerns."
Meanwhile, United still appears to maintain there was a reason for concern. In a statement, the airliner wrote:
'We rebooked them on a later flight because of concerns about their child’s safety seat, which did not comply with federal safety regulations.
"Both United and SkyWest hold our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and have zero tolerance for discrimination.”