A Muslim woman has accused American Airlines of booting her off a flight because a male passenger felt "uncomfortable" with her being on board.
Amani al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of the Muslim Girl website, was on a domestic flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 14.
She claims she had an altercation with a white man on the same flight when she accused him of cutting in front of her in the queue, and he argued back that because he was a member of PreCheck he didn't have to queue.
Later on, she filmed herself being ordered off the plane when the same man allegedly complained he felt "uncomfortable" with her being on the flight.
The footage has since been watched more than 20,000 times after being shared on social media.
In the clip, Amani says to a manager in a high-vis vest: "I need to know the reason I am being removed."
The manager removing her from the flight says he "wasn’t there" to witness the altercation with the other passenger and is just following orders.
He says: "The captain has asked me, as a manager, to remove you from the flight because there is a passenger who doesn’t feel comfortable with you being on board."
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Amani complains that it’s "his word against mine", but ultimately her protest is futile and she’s removed from the flight.
Tweeting about the bizarre incident later, she wrote: "I had the craziest experience in TSA this morning.
"An entitled white man behind me insisted on cutting me in line because I was 'still taking my shoes off'.
"When I said he could wait like everyone else, he started going off about how he's 'pre-check' and 'first class.'"
Amani, who was put in handcuffs before she was taken off the plane, described the episode as "draining and traumatising".
An American Airlines spokeswoman told Daily Star Online: "We are actively investigating an incident that took place between two passengers before and during boarding of flight 2029 at Newark Liberty International Airport.
"We are concerned by these allegations and our team is actively working to learn more about what occurred.
"We have reached out to both passengers, and are in the process of interviewing crew members, other passengers onboard, as well as witnesses from the TSA checkpoint.
"In addition, we are working with local law enforcement and have requested video footage from Terminal A and security.
"Initial witness accounts indicate the conflict began during TSA screening.
"Both PreCheck and non-PreCheck screening were consolidated into one open lane.
"Our understanding is that Ms. Al-Khatahtbeh believed the other passenger, who is enrolled in PreCheck, was getting favorable treatment because he was allowed to proceed through security while she was removing her shoes.
"This led to a verbal altercation that continued through the terminal and on the plane where Ms. Al-Khatahtbeh confronted the passenger and began filming him before taking her seat.
"We take this issue seriously and our team is working as fast as possible to understand what occurred.
"We have reached out to CAIR NJ to brief them on our investigation."
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