National Treasurer of the American Muslim Council Sues Northwest Airlines

August 1, 2003

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

On August 1, 2003 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "Mohammed Ali Khan walked up to the ticket counter at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas last year to take his return flight home to his wife and three children in suburban Chicago... But rather than receiving a boarding pass, Khan was questioned in front of other passengers, paraded through the airport by police, detained in a back room and later interrogated by the FBI. Even though he was released without being charged, Northwest Airlines allegedly refused to let him board his flight and instead put him on another airline leaving hours later... On Tuesday, Khan, who is CEO of an investment banking firm and the national treasurer of the American Muslim Council, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Nevada, alleging that Northwest Airlines, the Las Vegas police department and the FBI violated his civil rights... The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages, but more important, Khan said, it seeks to end the racial profiling that has targeted many Arab and Muslim airline passengers."