This is what this profiling nonsense comes down to. Khairuldeen Makhzoomi boarded a Southwest Airlines flight, and had a conversation on his cell phone with a relative.
On his way back to Berkeley, Makhzoomi, a loyal Southwest premier rewards member, boarded his flight to Oakland and called his uncle in Baghdad to tell him about Ki-moon’s event. At the end of the phone call, conducted in Arabic, Makhzoomi said goodbye to his uncle with the phrase “inshallah,” which translates to “if God is willing.”
When Makhzoomi hung up, he noticed a female passenger looking at him. Once he made eye contact with her, she got up and left her seat.
“She kept staring at me and I didn’t know what was wrong,” he said. “Then I realized what was happening and I just was thinking ‘I hope she’s not reporting me.’”
Minutes later, an airport employee arrived to remove Makhzoomi from the airplane. Makhzoomi was escorted onto the passenger boarding bridge where he was met by three security officers.
Yep. He was kicked off the flight and interrogated by the FBI. This is rank madness. If anyone should have been kicked off, it’s that paranoid woman who reported him for speaking a foreign language.
Southwest Airlines released a statement about the event.
A statement from Southwest Airlines says that prior to departure, the flight crew decided to investigatepotentially threatening commentsmade by Makhzoomi aboard the aircraft.
We wouldn’t remove passengers from flights without a collaborative decision rooted in established procedures,the statement reads.We regret any less than positive experience onboard our aircraft. … Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind.
Yeah, right. Then perhaps they could tell us all what the
potentially threatening comments that informed their decision to refuse service to a customer might have been?