Muslim-American cites airline bias
SAN DIEGO - A Muslim-American woman is suing Southwest Airlines , alleging discrimination, because she was removed from a plane by federal security agents.
Irum Abbasi of San Diego is a Pakistani immigrant who has lived in the United States for a decade.
She was on a flight from San Diego to San Jose in March when, she said, a flight attendant became concerned.
Abbasi, who was wearing a head scarf, told someone on her cellphone “I have to go’’ because the plane was about to depart. But Abbasi said the attendant thought she said, “It’s a go.’’
The mother of three was taken off the plane and briefly examined by Transportation Security Administration agents. She was placed on the next flight.
The airline later apologized. Abbasi has said she wants the crew disciplined.