Two Muslim women were told to leave an American Airlines plane after a flight attendant said they had made him feel "unsafe".
Niala Mohammad and her friend who did not want to be named were travelling on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Washington when they were asked to get off the plane.
Mohammad tweeted a photo of herself and her friend with Miami police officer on Monday that read: “We were removed from #AmericanAir flight 2239 traveling from MIA-DCA bcuz the airline attendant felt “unsafe” us!”
“Although we were encouraged to document the incident to AA customer relations, we still experienced insult and embarrassment as two minority Muslim-American women. For being such a ‘threat’ to an AA attendant, it’s telling that the Miami-Dade police officers joked with us and posed for this picture with the ‘pretty harmless’ airplane menaces,” Mohammad further described the incident in her Facebook account.
Mohammad said that plane was on the tarmac for over three hours, and she began watching a Pakistani show on her iPhone to pass the time.
That's when her friend and another passenger in the plane started talking about the delay and the lack of food and water. Then a flight attendant approached her and said: "If you have a problem, you can get off the plane."
The flight attendant also accused her of "instigating objections" from other passengers and threatened to remove her from the plane.
They were asked to leave the plane by an American Airlines customer relations representative and were greeted by armed air marshals and police officers. They told the police officers that the male flight attendant had felt threatened by them.
“Although we were encouraged to document the incident to AA customer relations, we still experienced insult and embarrassment as two minority Muslim-American women,” she wrote.