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Pilot Says He Was Fired Because He's Muslim
by Deshayla Strachan
An Algerian man says Spirit Airlines wrongly branded him as a potential terrorist and reported him to the FBI merely because e asked about the so-called "takeover switch" during flight training.
In a complaint filed in the federal court in Miami, Ilyes Yakoub says he applied for a position as a pilot with Spirit Airlines in August 2013, and was hired at an initial salary of $1,000 per month with a $750 per diem as he completed flight training.
Yakoub says throughout his training, he "consistently received notes from his training instructors on his daily training syllabus indicating that he was doing an exemplary job."
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