Los Angeles, 1 Jumadal Akhir 1437/10 March 2016 (MINA) – Two Muslim women were reportedly escorted off a JetBlue flight in Los Angeles, because a flight attendant “didn’t like the way the two women were staring back at her,”.
In a video uploaded on YouTube by Mark Frauenfelder on Monday, the two women can be seen being escorted off the plane by a police officer, International Islamic News Agency (IINA) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
In what was described as a terrible moment after the plane landed in Los Angeles, passengers were told to remain in their seats while police escorted the two women off the aircraft first.
JetBlue denied that the women had been removed on such grounds, instead claiming that the women were thought to be filming in-flight safety procedures in breach of the airline’s security rules.
“If a crewmember believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crewmember may report it for further review,” the airline said in a statement.
“In this instance, our crewmembers acted in accordance with security procedures. We appreciate our customers’ patience and cooperation, and apologize for the inconvenience,” JetBlue added.
It is reported that the women were questioned by police, but released shortly thereafter. (T/P006/R03)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)