Rabat - A Muslim woman was allegedly subject to discrimination on board a United Airlines airplane on Friday, May 29th.
Rabat – A Muslim woman was allegedly subject to discrimination on board a United Airlines airplane on Friday, May 29th.
The woman, identified as Tahera Ahmed who works at Northwestern University as director of interfaith engagement, alleged to have been discriminated against by a flight attendant on board the said airplane.
Tahera recounted her story on Facebook.
She said she was on a flight on Friday and asked a flight attendant for a diet coke.
As the flight attendant brought her an opened diet coke, she requested her once again to bring her an unopened diet coke due to hygienic reasons. Stating airline policy, the attendant refused to bring her an unopened coke.
Tahera then noticed the same attendant giving an unopened can of beer to a man who was sitting next to her. It was then when she decided to confront her about why she refused to give her an unopened can of diet coke.
The attendant said: “We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane,” according to Tahera.
Appalled by the attendant’s behavior, she turned to passengers around her to ask if they had witnessed the “discriminatory and disgusting” incident.
One passenger sitting in the aisle across from her yelled out at her “you Moslem, you need to shut the f**k up. “Yes you know you would use it as a weapon so shut the f**k up”, the passenger said.
She said she felt the hate in his voice and his raging eyes. Tahera then burst into tears because no one defended her and that some people just shook their heads in dismay.
People online are using the hashtag #Unitedfortahera to support Tahera, saying they will boycott the American airliner until it issues an apology.