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05-31-2015 02:54 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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Muslim chaplain claims discrimination on United flight

By Ray Sanchez,

Updated 7:58 AM ET, Sun May 31, 2015

Muslim woman claims discrimination on United flight 02:05

Story highlightsTahera Ahmad says she was left in tears after being discriminated againstAhmad says fight attendant denied her an unopened can, saying the can possibly could be used it as weapon

(CNN)A simple request for an unopened can of Diet Coke on a United Airlines flight left Tahera Ahmad in tears.

A Muslim chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University, Ahmad, 31, was traveling Friday from Chicago to Washington for a conference promoting dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youth. She was wearing a headscarf, or hijab.

For hygienic reasons, she asked for an unopened can of soda, she said. The flight attendant told her that she could not give her one but then handed an unopened can of beer to a man seated nearby. Ahmad questioned the flight attendant.

"We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane," she recalled the flight attendant telling her.

When Ahmad told the flight attendant she was being discriminated against, the attendant abruptly opened the beer can.

"It's so you don't use it as a weapon," Ahmad said she was told.

Shocked, Ahmad asked other passengers if they had seen what happened.

A man sitting across the aisle turned to her and yelled, "You Muslim, you need to shut the f--- up," she said.

"What?"

The man leaned over, looked her in the eyes and said: "Yes, you know you would use it as a weapon. So shut the f--- up," according to Ahmad.

"I felt the hate in his voice and his raging eyes," Ahmad wrote on Facebook while the plane was still in flight. "I can't help but cry ... because I thought people would defend me and say something. Some people just shook their heads in dismay."

After her Facebook post, people took to social media in support of Ahmad using the #unitedfortahera hashtag. Some pledged to boycott United.

Suhaib Webb, a prominent Muslim American imam, tweeted, "I'm asking all of you to let @united know that you are disgusted with this bigotry." He also tweeted a photo of a can of Diet Coke over #unitedfortahera.

In a statement, United spokesman Charles Hobart said the airline "strongly supports diversity and inclusion."

"We and our partners do not discriminate against our employees or customers," the statement said. "We are reaching out directly to Ms. Ahmad to get a better understanding of what occurred during the flight."

"We are also discussing the matter that Ms. Ahmad describes with Shuttle America, our regional partner that operated the flight. We look forward to speaking with Ms. Ahmad and hope to have the opportunity to welcome her back."

Ahmad, who has Premier frequent-flier status with United, said Saturday that she had not heard from the airline.

"I'm not doing this to go after United Airlines. This is about bigotry and racism and our country is going through a very difficult time right now. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others worked so hard ..." Ahmad said, breaking into tears.

"They strove so hard so that Americans would not mistreat each other on the basis of the color of their skin or religious or ethnic background but I guess we're still on that journey."

The flight attendant as well as the pilot later apologized, she said.

"She said she's working on her rude behavior and that the man (sitting across the aisle) should not have said anything," Ahmad recalled.

Ahmad was recognized at the White House last year "as a leading Muslim female in the United States" during Women's History Month, according to Northwestern University. She had previously attended a Ramadan dinner hosted by President Barack Obama.

In 2013, Ahmad sparked outrage among Islamic conservatives when she became the first woman to recite the Quran at the Islamic Society of North America convention in Washington, the nation's largest Muslim gathering, according to Northwestern.

Ahmad was born in India and grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois. She said she has been spat on and had her hijab ripped off in Islamophobic encounters after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

"This time I was being treated as a threat to everyone around me 30,000 feet above the ground and being told that I could use a can of Diet Coke as a weapon," she said. "And no one said anything."

The incident comes amid growing hostility toward Muslims living in the United States.

On Friday, protesters at a "Freedom of Speech" rally outside a Arizona mosque were met by counterprotesters. The two groups lined opposite sides of the street in front of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. They yelled at each other as a line of police officers kept them apart, CNN affiliate KNXV reported.

The Islamic center is the mosque once attended by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who drove from Arizona to a Dallas suburb to shoot up a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest there. Both were killed by police early this month. Many Muslims consider demeaning depictions of Mohammed to be blasphemous and banned by Islamic law.

In Washington, activist and conservative blogger Pamela Geller of New York wanted to place ads showing cartoons of Mohammed in the capital's transit system. She hoped to display the winning cartoon from her group's contest in Texas -- the one where Simpson and Soofi were killed by police. The Washington Metro board voted to stop showing issue-oriented ads throughout its system.

Events such as this have some Muslims scared, said Imraan Siddiqi with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"Recently, the mosques here in Phoenix actually received threatening letters -- very specific threats, saying that we are going to massacre your congregations," he said.

In a national survey by the Pew Research Center in 2013, 42% of respondents said Islam was more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers. In addition, Muslim Americans are seen as facing more discrimination than other groups, including gays and lesbians, Hispanics, African Americans and women.

According to the survey, 45% of the respondents said Muslim Americans face "a lot" of discrimination, and 28% said Muslims are subject to some discrimination.

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06-01-2015 02:34 AM  3 years agoPost 2
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My religion requires me to bring a Smith and Wesson on board. Will you discriminate against me?

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06-01-2015 03:23 AM  3 years agoPost 3
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Why should I, the bible say what soever thoweth sow so shall thoweth reap.
If your founding ask you to be a compatriots by no mean you must deny.
I find it hard when American want to do the right thing other felt compell. I don't get it.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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06-01-2015 03:32 AM  3 years agoPost 4
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You don't have to understand it when it's staring you in the face. People like to board aircraft with dangerous objects and bring them down. I don't know why? But it's not our place to figure this out. Evil exists. We don't know why? Too bad it does. But we can't just ignore it...because it doesn't ignore us.

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06-01-2015 01:22 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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People like to board aircraft with dangerous objects
What people. .?

And what was the point of given someone a can with beer
And tell another they can't have their beverage in a can
As they would use it as a weapon.

I know how certain people are but it didn't make sense
You're wrong if you trying to justify this bigotry on public
Platform.

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06-02-2015 12:38 AM  3 years agoPost 6
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Tahera Ahmad says she was left in tears after being discriminated againstAhmad says fight attendant denied her an unopened can, saying the can possibly could be used it as weapon
daaaammm, and they should make all women remove their bras before flight and lock them up because they can be used as slingshots LOL

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06-02-2015 12:55 AM  3 years agoPost 7
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For hygienic reasons, she asked for an unopened can
people will say anything to get a way with something

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06-02-2015 02:36 AM  3 years agoPost 8
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daaaammm, and they should make all women remove their bras before flight and lock them up because they can be used as slingshots LOL
You're disgusting

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06-02-2015 03:09 AM  3 years agoPost 9
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well they are very dangerous, if you stretch it and snap it like a rubberband you could put an eye out, like a pilot's eye, you don't want one of them things whipping around ether

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06-02-2015 04:25 AM  3 years agoPost 10
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fwiw...

Ya know...

I think Gearhead is on to something....Those thongs for example...an' a pair of lulu lemon yoga pants...An' bandeau tops.....

Wow...now I have a reason to start traveling again!

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06-02-2015 04:42 AM  3 years agoPost 11
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keep making mts. out of mohills
They open the sodas and pour em into plastic cups..that can't hold a full can; the soda is free; the beer costs..so they gotta give you the whole can since you're payin for it..it's amazing how childish people can get when they think they have a "cause"; if they want to live in modern society..they should not be demanding special treatment.

I do a great decending funnel!

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06-03-2015 12:56 AM  3 years agoPost 12
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Gear head your joke is hot bro And need to be FB, I got every truckers tearing up from laughing.
_woman should not allow to wear bra on flights' why? Because they can be used as a catterpult.

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06-03-2015 01:07 AM  3 years agoPost 13
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yeeaa, and a guy could get strangled by one too

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06-03-2015 01:15 AM  3 years agoPost 14
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Just another scumbag muslim making waves for normal hard working people.

She thought she was special, and all muzzies are generally liars, as they are al fundamentalist at heart.

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06-03-2015 01:20 AM  3 years agoPost 15
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^^^^^
What a horrible person you are! I feel sorry for your kids dude.


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06-03-2015 01:28 AM  3 years agoPost 16
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What a horrible person you are! I feel sorry for your kids dude.
never mind house, he is working on getting his 900 Millionth person mad it him, now that he has you mad at him he only has 7 to go

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06-03-2015 01:42 AM  3 years agoPost 17
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What a horrible person you are!
If you knew what you were talking about, it would actually matter.

As a person who deals with muzzies daily, and their religion of fanaticism, I CAN say these things knowing with certainty I am correct.

She was making waves wanting special attention. Many muzzies do, especially when it comes to religion. They want to make everything about religion because their lives live around the mythology.

As far as the liars comment, it is factual and comes with the required fundamentalism and fanaticism that breeds terrorism.

The sad thing is muzzies murder themselves more then any western person.

Who the F do you think you are to judge anyone? Your not educated enough in religion or islam to make any more ignorant comments. Now go home and keep supporting terrorism by caving into muslims that need to arrogantly place themselves as special and above everyone else.

Its a shame you don't understand the dangers of islam

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06-03-2015 03:04 AM  3 years agoPost 18
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And don't take my criticism the wrong way being you know nothing about how they fit in western societies that don't follow mythology as closely as these people are required to do.

I wont sink so low as you to comment on your children.

Before assuming anything as you did, you could be a man and find out how I really feel and why, before being a a hole

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06-03-2015 08:27 AM  3 years agoPost 19
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You should be the greeter at a mosque....

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06-03-2015 12:31 PM  3 years agoPost 20
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Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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