An Iraq-born student of Berkeley University was stopped to fly with Southwest Airlines


At the time, an Arabic-speaking Southwest employee came and escorted him off the plane and asked him why he had been speaking Arabic. After he sustained he was a victim of discrimination he was told he could not get back on the plane. Southwest Airlines said in a statement Sunday that Makhzoomi, was taken off the flight for questioning and the plane took off while that was happening. Even the FBI was involved in this case. The FBI in Los Angeles said in a statement that it investigated the situation and found no further action was necessary. “Human dignity is the most valuable thing in the world, not money. If they apologized, maybe it would teach them to treat people equally,” Makhzoomi said to the media. The incident in Los Angeles was followed by a similar removal of a Southwest passenger from a flight in Baltimore on Wednesday.


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