Arab American Secret Service Agent Denied Access to Flight

December 27, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On December 27, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations' press release demanded "an apology from American Airlines for removing a Muslim Secret Service agent from a flight apparently based on religious and ethnic profiling. The agent ... alleges that he was kicked off American Airlines Flight 363 from Baltimore to Dallas on December 25 because the captain had concerns about his identity, even though the agent went through the proper procedures for armed security personnel who are passengers. The agent's identification was subsequently checked several times by American personnel and by local police. He even offered to have the Secret Service confirm his identity. ... CAIR asked that American Airlines clarify its policy on racial and religious profiling so that a similar incident does not occur in the future. The group's civil rights department has received more than 160 reports of airport profiling of Muslims or those who are perceived to be 'Middle Eastern' since the terrorist attacks of September 11."