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Muslim woman sues Southwest Airlines for discrimination

Airline defends actions as precautionary, not prejudiced

Irum Abassi, a Muslim-American psychology student, is suing Southwest Airlines for discrimination after being ejected from a flight in March.

Abassi, who was flying from San Diego to San Jose, Calif., where she attends graduate school, was escorted off the plane and searched by a Transportation Security Administration official when a flight attendant became concerned over a conversation she was having on the phone. Abassi says she said into her cellphone, “I have to go,” but the flight attendant believed she said, “It’s a go.”

Danielle Feinstein

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