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Delta Airlines in Muslim harassment row

An airline crew member has been accused of threatening to remove a Muslim family from a flight after another passenger insulted the mother for wearing an Islamic headscarf

Delta Airlines in Muslim harassment row
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US-based Delta Airlines has been urged to investigate an allegation one of its crew members threatened to remove a Muslim family from a flight after a passenger complained about the mother’s Islamic head covering.

The female passenger told the Muslim mother ‘This is America’ and harassed her four children, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee reportedly claimed.

"The victim approached Delta Airlines employee flight crew only to be told that she must move to the back of the airplane," ADC Michigan said in a statement published by local media. "She was further berated and scolded."

ADC said video footage showed an airline staff member approaching the mother and asking what the problem was.

When her husband attempted to answer, "he was told to 'stay out of this' and the Delta agent used her authority to scold him", the organisation said.

The family was then told to "get your kids and change seats", ADC officials said.

When the mother attempted to explain the situation and request that her family remain in their seats, the Delta staff member responded: "You are at my wits' end. You better be quiet before I kick you off of this plane", ADC claimed.

The family changed seats, while the other passenger "received no address and remained in her seat", ADC said.

"Many of the passengers on the plane were in disbelief as to the way the Delta employee treated the family," the organisation said.

"The incident on Delta Airlines is one of many troubling examples towards the increased and intense disdain, animosity and discrimination directed at Muslims and Arabs in America.”

A spokesperson for Delta told The Detroit News the airline “doesn't condone discrimination of any kind".

"We have been in touch with this customer and are reviewing this situation," the spokesperson said.

Delta CEO Richard Anderson is yet to respond to a request from ADC to investigate the incident, The Detroit News said.

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