The mainstream media and designated terrorist group CAIR went ballistic after learning that an Iraqi Muslim student was removed from a flight when an alleged ‘Islamophobic’ woman reported him after overhearing him speaking Arabic. What the media conveniently left out is that the woman who alerted the flight crew is a native Arabic speaker and said he was talking about terror group ISIS.
Reuters A federal judge on Thursday rejected Southwest Airlines Co’s (LUV.N) bid to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit by an American of Iraqi descent who was removed from a 2016 flight after another passenger heard him speak in Arabic and feared he might be a terrorist.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu in Oakland, California, said Khairuldeen Makhzoomi could try to show that “Islamophobia,” coming amid a “sensitive political climate,” was a factor behind his removal, and that Southwest’s claim he was removed because he appeared to make threats was pretextual.
Ryu said Makhzoomi could seek damages from Southwest for alleged violations of federal and California civil rights laws, but dismissed claims of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The Dallas-based carrier had argued there was “at most a scintilla of evidence” suggesting racial animus, and said its employees acted reasonably in considering Makhzoomi a possible safety threat. Southwest did not immediately respond to requests for comment. One of its lawyers declined to comment.
“The case is moving forward, and we look forward to trial,” said Zahra Billoo, a designated terrorist group CAIR litigation jihadist lawyer for Makhzoomi. A trial is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2020.
The incident occurred on an April 6, 2016, Southwest flight awaiting takeoff to Oakland from Los Angeles. Makhzoomi, then a 26-year-old public policy student at the University of California, Berkeley, had been talking with his uncle by cellphone.
Two police officers and Southwest customer service manager Shoaib Ahmed removed Makhzoomi from the plane after a woman who had been seated nearby became agitated, and reported having heard him use words associated with suicide martyrdom.
“I would say the fact that ‘American’ was said next to it, and I’m on a plane, I wasn’t sure what to make of it,” the woman, her name shielded by a pseudonym, said in a deposition.
Makhzoomi, an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen, denied making threatening statements, and denied Ahmed’s claim that he had used the words bomb, ISIS, jihad and martyrdom on the plane.
If you aren’t Muslim, booking a flight on Southwest Airlines gives you the BEST chance of not not finding yourself on board with a Muslim terrorist. Southwest holds the record for kicking off Muslim passengers who could be potential terrorists and NEVER losing when complaints are filed in court.