United Airlines faces flak for racial profiling again

Washington: An Arab-American woman has accused United Airlines of 'profiling' her family after its staff kicked them off a flight 'for no reason', in a repeat of a similar incident last year when hundreds of people pledged to boycott the carrier over alleged discrimination.

Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley, her husband and their three young children were told they had to get off the flight from a Chicago airport to Washington DC on March 20, because of a "safety of flight issue," the New York Daily News reported.

She posted a video of her interactions with the crew on Facebook, and said "Shame on you #unitedAirlines for profiling my family and me for no reason other than how we look." She said the incident started when she asked a flight attendant on the airliner for a harness for her child's safety seat, and the video shows a flight attendant asking her, "What's going on?" Then a man, who appears to be the pilot, kicked the family off the aircraft.

United Airlines said in a statement to WDIV that the family was removed from the planet "because of concerns about their child's safety seat, which did not comply with federal safety regulations," and that they were put on a later flight.

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