2 Muslim American women were kicked off an American Airlines flight for making staff feel “unsafe.”
Niala Mohammad, a senior broadcast journalist and producer for Voice of America, and her unidentified friend, who declined to be named to BuzzFeed because she works for the federal government, were on the delayed American Airlines Flight 2239 that was sitting on the tarmac for more than three hours, according to BuzzFeed.
To help the time go by, Mohammad was watching Pakistani dramas on her iPhone. Her friend started conversing with a nearby male passenger about the delay, mentioning that no food or water was given to passengers. It was during this time a male flight attendant approached Mohammad’s friend and told her that she could get off the plane if she wasn’t pleased with the service.
After further conflict with the flight attendant, an American Airlines customer relations representative asked them to come to the front with their belongings. Once they reached the ramp, a number of air marshals and Miami-Dade police officers were waiting to escort the two. Mohammad believes her ethnicity played a big part in it.