CAIR-MI: ONETIME JACKSON WOMAN DETAINED IN W.VA. SPEAKS OUT
“The whole incident had its basis in racial profiling,” Rima Qayyum, formerly of Jackson, said in a statement.
The assessment from the 28-year-old was read Friday by Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Quayyum, who moved to West Virginia last September, was detained for hours at an airport there. She says she was trying to carry facial creams and a bottle of water onto the airliner.
“All they had to do was make me throw away these items as [was] being done to other passengers; as it is being done at all the airports in the country today,” the statement read.
Instead, she was detained and interrogated as those bottles were tested. Qayyum says it’s because she’s Muslim.