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CAIR to Call for Probe of American Airlines’ Profiling of Two Texas Muslim Community Leaders on Flight in Alabama

(WASHINGTON, DC, 9/18/19) — On Thursday, Sept. 19, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its Dallas-Fort Worth chapter (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference in Dallas, Texas, to detail a disturbing incident of alleged racial and religious profiling by American Airlines and others on Sept. 14 as two area Muslim community leaders were trying to fly back to their homes in the Dallas area from Alabama.

CAIR representatives, along with the two Muslim community leaders who were kicked off the plane, will call for an investigation to determine what happened and who needs to be held accountable. The incident led to a flurry of law enforcement activity and cancellation of the flight. 

WHAT: CAIR News Conference to Request Investigation of American Airlines Profiling Incident, Diversity Training and Apology

WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 11:30 a.m. (Central)

WHERE: CAIR-DFW Office, 13111 N Central Expy, Suite 380, Dallas, Texas 75243

WHO: CAIR Representatives, Two Muslim Community Leaders Allegedly Profiled by American Airlines

CONTACT: Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR-DFW Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR’s 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.



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