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Muslim student ‘kicked off flight for speaking Arabic’ sues Southwest Airlines for racial discrimination

American passenger 'singled out, publicly humiliated and interrogated for hours' after saying 'inshallah' to uncle over phone

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Khairuldeen Makhzoomi said he was 'publicly humiliated' for speaking Arabic on a plane Khairuldeen Makhzoomi / Facebook

A Muslim student who was ejected from a Southwest Airlinesplane after speaking Arabic has filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was “publicly humiliated”, searched and interrogated for hours after being removed from the flight before take-off at Los Angeles International Airport.

The American citizen, who came to the US as an Iraqi refugee, spoke in Arabic to his uncle in Baghdad during a brief phone call while waiting after boarding the plane in April 2016.

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The Independent

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