Southwest Airlines has become the target of repeated complaints and lawsuits over its counter-terrorism policies from designated terrorist group CAIR – such as the latest one filed today with the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings against Southwest for ‘racial’ (What ‘race’ is Islam?) and religious profiling of a Muslim.
CNN On April 6, 2016, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a college student at the University of California, Berkeley, was removed from Southwest Airlines after another passenger overhead him speaking Arabic on the phone. Makhzoomi was taken off Flight 4620 from Los Angeles International Airport to Oakland International Airport after making a brief call to his uncle in Iraq and concluding the call with a common Islamic phrase in Arabic, “inshallah,” meaning “God willing.”
The Muslim thought the woman might have been concerned with how loudly he spoke on the phone. He saw her abruptly leave the plane. And suddenly, the situation turned.”One guy came with police officers within two minutes — I can’t believe how fast they were — and told me to get off the plane,” he said.
Southwest declined to provide details about the incident but said “Prior to the departure of Flight 4620, our crew made the decision to investigate a report of potentially threatening comments overheard onboard our aircraft
Now he’s pushing for an apology from the airline and spreading the word about what happened, which he calls a clear case of ‘Islamophobia.’ (Because who would be frightened of a Muslim on a plane shouting in Arabic right before takeoff?)
On Sept 3, 2015, six Muslim supremacist thugs caused Southwest Airlines to divert a San Diego-Chicago flight to Amarillo, where the gang of six Muslims was taken off the plane and subsequently arrested and charged with “interference with a flight crew and abetting.”
Dallas News FBI special agent T. Scott Hendricks has filed an affidavit explaining why Southwest Airlines diverted a San Diego-Chicago flight to Amarillo late Monday and booted six passengers off the flight. The Muslim passengers –Khalid Yohana, 19; Wasim Imad Shaker, 23; Essa Solaqa, 20; Ghazwan Assad Shaba, 21; Jonathan Khalid Petras, 20; and Saiman Hermez, 19– were aggressive and refusing orders from the flight attendants, challenging their authority, using obscene language and being nasty to other passengers.
The flight attendant “asked them to quiet down and they responded, ‘We can be as loud as we want and do whatever the [expletive] we want on here. You can’t make us listen.’” When the flight attendant “said they couldn’t do that, they lunged forward in their seats and said, ‘We can do whatever we want on here.’”
That flight attendant denied their request for alcohol. They “became aggressive by lunging forward” at the flight attendant, who “stated she felt threatened and that they were escalating their aggressive behavior.” “They accused the attendants of being racist” and called the second flight attendant a “pig” as she walked away.
Due to the increase in their non-compliant and unpredictable behavior,” one flight attendant “felt uncomfortable and saw that they were attempting to incite other passengers to join in their non-compliant behavior.” A flight attendant asked the pilots to divert the aircraft. “The flight crew determined a level one threat existed and instituted an emergency lockdown. The pilots diverted the aircraft for the safety of the flight crew and passengers.” The airplane landed at the Amarillo airport at about 10:45 p.m.
On Nov. 18, 2015, Maher Khalil and his friend Anas Ayyad were stopped while attempting to board a Southwest Airlines flight to Philadelphia at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
Daily Mail The two Palestinian men were left feeling humiliated and upset after they were briefly stopped from boarding a flight from Chicago when another traveler overheard them speak Arabic. Gate agent said not to board because passengers were afraid to fly with them.
Khalil, 29 and Ayyad, 28, called 911 to get police to help, but when they arrived, some passengers assumed it was because the officers were responding to a terrorist threat. The two men were later allowed to board. As Khalil walked to his seat at the back of the plane, some were suspicious of a white box he was carrying and asked to see what was inside, he said.
Southwest said “Safety is our primary focus, and our Employees are trained to make decisions to ensure that safety, and to safeguard the security of our Crews and Customers on every flight.”
Another Southwest flight in November 2015 headed to Los Angeles was forced to land in Kansas City because of unruly Muslim passengers.
WGN-TV FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Sunday that three Middle Eastern people were detained for questioning after Flight 5929 landed around 7:50 a.m. The remaining passengers were removed so police dogs could search the aircraft. Passengers then re-boarded and the flight resumed around 9:20 a.m.
Patton says the detained passengers were rebooked on later flights and no charges were filed against them. She says the flight crew had described their behavior as “unruly.” Patton said she couldn’t provide additional details about what the passengers were doing.
A Muslim woman was kicked off a Southwest Airlines plane heading to Chicago after the flight attendant did “not feel comfortable” with the passenger, Hakima Abdulle, after she tried to force the person sitting next to her to switch seats, which is not allowed.
Al-Arabiya “She suffered acute distress and anxiety as a result of this experience. She was publicly humiliated before a plane full of passengers,” the Maryland Outreach Manager at designated terrorist group CAIR, Zainab Chaudry, was quoted as saying.
Southwest Airlines issued a statement that read: “Information available, collected at the time of the event, indicates that our employees followed proper procedures in response to this customer’s actions while onboard the aircraft. Chaudry expressed her disappointment by stating that this is becoming part of “an alarming trend.” (One can only hope!)