A Muslim woman was reportedly removed from an American Airlines flight after a white male passenger said he didn’t “feel comfortable” with her being on the plane.
Amani al-Khatahtbeh, founder of the Muslim Girl website 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.
She alleges that a man cut in front of her in the security queue, and that she challenged his behaviour.
“I had the craziest experience in TSA this morning,” she tweeted.
“An entitled white man behind me insisted on cutting me in line because I was ‘still taking my shoes off.’
“When I said he could wait like everyone else, he started going off about how he’s ‘pre check’ and ‘first class’”.
Ms al-Khatahtbeh claimed that he put his luggage in front of hers and skipped the queue to go through the metal detector before her.
“Y’all know if I, a VEILED MUSLIM WOMAN, had the audacity to throw a temper tantrum and run through TSA security, I would have gotten BODIED,” she said. “I would have been detained, missed my flight, possibly gotten charged, etc.”
Ms al-Khatahtbeh added that, rather than admonishing the man, TSA agents told her to “cut it out”.
It is unclear what happened between the pair between security and boarding the flight, but once in the cabin, Ms al-Khatahtbeh was asked to leave.
Video shared on social media shows someone from airport security telling her she is being removed from the flight because a passenger “doesn’t feel comfortable” with her being on the aircraft.