The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of a Muslim-American man who said he was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking in Arabic on his cellphone.
The lawsuit said when Shoaib Ahmed — a Southwest agent named as a defendant in the suit — came to remove Makhzoomi from the plane, Ahmed tried to speak to Makhzoomi in Arabic.
“You seem that you were having a serious conversation on the phone,” Ahmed told Makhzoomi, according to the suit.
You know the environment is very dangerous,” the suit claimed, adding that Ahmed told Makhzoomi he was being removed from the flight for speaking in Arabic.
“Next time you are flying, don’t use your phone, just sit there,” an FBI agent told Makhzoomi, the suit noted, “and I advise you to apologize to Southwest.”