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CAIR Chapter Files Discrimination Complaint Against Delta

CAIR-Cincinnati filed a complaint against Delta with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
CAIR-Cincinnati filed a complaint against Delta with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint against Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines with the U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday.

The group claims a couple was removed from a Delta flight because they were Muslim.

Karen Dabdoub, executive director of CAIR-Cincinnati, says the couple was headed home from a vacation in Paris when they were singled out.

Allegedly the couple was removed from the plane because a flight attendant felt uncomfortable having them aboard. Dabdoub says Delta also didn’t say why the couple was asked to get off the plane.

CAIR-Cincinnati is asking the DOT to investigate the incident, Dabdoub says, and also wants clearer guidelines as to what is considered suspicious or threatening behavior.

Delta Air Lines said in a statement the company does not discriminate or condone discrimination against its customers. But Delta does say the claim raises concerns and it is looking into the allegation.