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CAIR Sues Southwest for Removing Passenger from Plane for Speaking Arabic

HeadlineFeb 14, 2018

Back in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR, is suing Southwest Airlines on behalf of a recent University of California at Berkeley graduate, who was removed from a Southwest plane in April 2016 and prohibited from reboarding after a fellow traveler complained about him speaking Arabic. Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was talking to his uncle on his cellphone as he was boarding the flight, when a fellow passenger claimed he was using words related to an attack. In fact, he was using the word “inshallah,” which means “God willing,” and is one of the most common words in the Arabic language.

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