On Friday morning, Masudur Rahman boarded a plane to attend a
conference in North Carolina on Americans' distrust of Islam. Agents
with the Transportation Security Administration had twice screened both
Massud and his traveling companion Mohamed Zaghloul and determined that
the two men were not a threat, and they were cleared to join all the
other similarly screened passengers on the Delta regional flight
operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
That's why it came as a shock to the pair when the
staff ordered them to deplane, reportedly because the pilot didn't want
them on board. An Atlantic Southeast spokesman says the airline is
investigating the incident, and that the company takes "all allegations
of discrimination very seriously."
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