The parents of a former Jackson woman are considering legal action after their daughter was detained 14 hours at a West Virginia airport last week.

Samia Qayyum said her daughter, Rima, was the only one stopped Aug. 19, even though non-Muslims also had liquids in their baggage. Two bottles in her carry-on luggage tested positive for explosive residue. It turned out the liquids were water and face wash, as their labels indicated.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan, called that and other examples “racial profiling” Friday at the Islamic Center of Jackson.


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