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Complaint accuses Southwest for profiling of Muslim passenger
by Sarah Ravani
A Bay Area American-Islamic group called Wednesday for a federal investigation of Southwest Airlines for "racial and religious profiling of a Muslim passenger" after a UC Berkeley student said he was removed from a flight in April for speaking Arabic.
The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, asking it to investigate the airline.
"Nobody deserves to be discriminated against for their perceived religious and racial identity," said Saba Maher, the civil rights coordinator for the CAIR chapter. "People speak hundreds of different languages and it shouldn't be seen as a threat."
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