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BREAKING NEWS: CAIR-New Jersey Demands Answers After Harassed Muslim Woman Ejected from American Airlines Flight and Arrested

(NEWARK, NJ, 11/14/2020) — The national and New Jersey offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR and CAIR-NJ) today called on law enforcement at Newark Liberty International Airport to immediately release Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, a Muslim woman who was handcuffed and arrested after American Airlines ejected her from a flight allegedly at the prompting of a male passenger who harassed her. 

SEE: CAIR-NJ Investigating Alleged Islamophobic Incident

In a statement, CAIR and CAIR-New Jersey also called on American Airlines to explain why it ordered Al-Khatahtbeh — and not the male who allegedly harassed her – to exit the flight and be detained. 

“Although we do not yet know all of the facts about this incident, we do know that American Airlines has a history of mistreating Muslim travelers,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The airline must immediately explain why it singled out Amani by contacting the police and ejecting her from a flight based on the word of a man who had allegedly harassed her.” 

“Law enforcement must immediately release Amani from custody and conduct a full and transparent investigation into what happened,” said CAIR-New Jersey Executive Director Selaedin Maksut. “Any investigation must look into the conduct of the unidentified man who allegedly sparked this disturbing incident.” 


SEE: CAIR Calls for Probe of American Airlines’ Profiling of Two Texas Muslim Community Leaders on Flight in Alabama  

CAIR Says Muslim Passenger was Removed from American Flight Because of Bias

Muslim Passenger Kicked Off American Airlines Flight After Attendant Announces: ‘I’ll Be Watching You’

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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