Hijab-Clad Muslim Woman Claims Southwest Airlines Barred Her From Exit Row Seat Because She Would “Bring Down the Plane in an Emergency”

Hijab-Clad Muslim Woman Claims Southwest Airlines Barred Her From Exit Row Seat Because She Would “Bring Down the Plane in an Emergency”


We’re just going to file this in “things that never happened.”

A hijab-clad Muslim woman filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation claiming she was barred from sitting in an exit row seat because she would “bring down the plane in an emergency.”

Fatima Altakrouri was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Dallas, Texas on May 22 with her sister (who does not wear a hijab) when a flight attendant told them they could not sit in the emergency row, USA Today reported.

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The sisters, who were both born in the US and speak Arabic, said this incident made them feel like they weren’t Americans.

Fatima Altakrouri and Muna Kowni were traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Dallas on May 22, when they spotted the last two seats together in the emergency exit row.

Altakrouri said that at first, she didn’t think anything of it when she asked a flight attendant if they could sit there and

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