SANTA CLARA (AP) — A religious rights organization has filed a complaint with federal authorities against Southwest Airlines for what the group says was racial and religious profiling of a Muslim passenger.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation Wednesday on behalf of Khairuldeen Makhzoomi.

Makhzoomi, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, was yanked in April from a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Oakland after mentioning a terrorist group’s name during a telephone conversation in Arabic.

He has said he made a passing reference to Islamic State while telling his uncle about a speech he had attended by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Southwest Airlines says another Arabic-speaking passenger heard Makhzoomi mention the terrorist organization during his conversation and reported him to the crew.

The organization says it is calling federal authorities to hold Southwest Airlines accountable for its actions against Makhzoomi.

Comments (7)
  1. sounds like they erred on the side of cation to me, duh

    1. Brody says:

      RC, what is cation? I am guessing you live in a trailer park in the East Bay with your mom.

  2. ZumaMom says:

    Good for the airlines…
    It’s just a sign of the times, deal with it.

  3. Brody says:

    Southwest is simply trying to protect its customers and they are doing a wonderful job at it. Do you really want to be sitting next to some camel-fuker not sure of what his intentions are? I think not.