On a Delta flight from Florida to Detroit, a Muslim woman from Dearbornistan, Michigan who wears an Islamic headbag, says she was harassed by another passenger who allegedly told her: “This is America!”
Detroit Free Press (h/t BCF) An Arab Muslim woman from Dearborn who wears an Islamic headbag, (or hijab), said she was harassed by another passenger on an airplane and then told by a flight attendant to move. Darlene Hider, 32, said she was with her four kids (little terrorists in training) and husband on a Delta Air Lines flight on Monday from Florida back to Detroit when another woman yelled at her, “This is America!” and insulted her because of her Islamic faith.
Instead of asking the woman to stop or moving her, a flight attendant told Hider and her kids to move to another open seat, Hider told the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). According to Hider, the flight attendant said: “You are at my wit’s end. You better be quiet before I kick you and your family off of this plane!” Hider said the attendant told her: “Get your kids and change seats.”
Hider’s brother, Abed Ayoub, described what happened to her in series of tweets Monday night that drew widespread attention.
“I felt like I couldn’t defend myself because I was afraid to be called a terrorist” – My sister, mother of 4, after being harassed on plane
— Abed A. Ayoub (@aayoub) February 3, 2015
Ayoub said that other passengers were supportive of his sister and her family and one even cried over it (left wing wacko, no doubt). Hider said the flight attendant should have moved the woman who harassed her, not herself and her kids. (Nobody wants to sit next to muslims on a plane)
The ADC released a video that it said showed part of the incident. It shows a flight attendant talking to Hider’s husband. She’s heard saying: “You want to get off the plane? … I’m fixing the problem … If you want, we will take you out.”
The alleged incident is the latest case that Arab-Americans and Muslims say illustrates their ongoing problems with flying on airplanes. Some say they are profiled and either prevented from boarding flights or sometimes harassed on them because of their faith or ethnicity.
— Abed A. Ayoub (@aayoub) February 2, 2015
Poor audio on this video but, essentially, the Delta agent is telling the passenger that “She needs to move seats so she can defuse the situation.” As the conversation continues she tells the Muslim passengers husband, “I am at wits ends with you, if you keep talking I will kick you off this plane!” She continues yelling.***********