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Civil rights group files suit vs. Southwest on behalf of a Muslim man removed from flight

Civil rights group files suit vs. Southwest on behalf of a Muslim man removed from flight

A civil rights group said Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit against Southwest Airlines on behalf of a Muslim man who was removed from a flight before takeoff in April and interrogated by the FBI after the flight crew became suspicious because he was talking on his phone in Arabic.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement that its San Francisco office filed the federal discrimination lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a U.S. citizen who came here as a refugee from Iraq. The complaint says an FBI agent later told Makhzoomi that he had been removed from the plane because he had been speaking in Arabic, suggested that he apologize to the airline...

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