Muslim women thrown off flight for 'staring'

The women were on a JetBlue flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Photo / iStock
The women were on a JetBlue flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Photo / iStock

Footage has emerged of the shocking moment two Muslim women were escorted off a flight for "staring" at a flight attendant and filming a safety briefing.

Fellow passengers recorded the incident which happened on a flight between Boston and Los Angeles on Sunday.

Despite their apparent concerns, the aircraft took off from Boston and landed in Los Angeles without incident.

However, as soon as the aircraft came to a halt, police officers boarded the jet where the two women were singled out.

Officers told the women to retrieve their hand luggage before they were led away for questioning.

The video was posted on YouTube by Mark Frauenfelder who said his friend Sharon Kessler was onboard the Flight JB487 from Boston to Los Angeles.

Frauenfelder said his friend posted details of what happened on her Facebook account.
Kessler wrote: "It was a terrible moment -- honestly -- these women sat quietly, watched movies -- it felt like overkill from this flight attendant."

Frauenfelder spoke with his friend who said the flight attendant "casually relayed to a coworker that she didn't appreciate being stared at -- she did not seem rattled or scared -- just smug. Then -- after we landed - she announced that the authorities would be boarding the plane and to remain in our seats with seat belts."

Kessler shot the short video which showed both women being escorted from the plane.
In a statement, JetBlue said one of the women appeared to be filming certain in-flight procedures which can present a security issue.

According to the airline: "More than 35 million customers from many cultures and backgrounds travel on JetBlue without incident each year.

"Our crewmembers' first priority is the safe and secure operation of our flights, and as a security precaution, are asked to be aware of anyone who may be filming or taking photographs of inflight procedures or the flight deck area.

"If a crewmember believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crewmember may report it for further review.

"In this instance, our crewmembers acted in accordance with security procedures. We appreciate our customers' patience and cooperation, and apologise for the inconvenience."

- Daily Mail

- Daily Mail

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