After facing allegations of ‘profiling passengers’, Delta Air Lines says it’s investigating the Ohio Muslim couple’s claim that they were removed from a return flight from Europe after an airline employee singled them out because of their appearance. A statement from Delta also says the company will issue a full refund of the couple’s airfare for the July 26 flight from Paris to Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Cincinnati chapter alleged on Thursday that Delta removed the suburban Cincinnati couple from the flight because an airline employee was allegedly not comfortable having them on the plane. The Ohio couple mentioned above are Faisal and Nazia Ali, who are US citizens originally from Pakistan.
Cincinnati.com reports that a flight crew had complained being uncomfortable about a Muslim couple in the plane. Following the incident, the couple was removed from the flight. The incident happened when Faisal and Nazia were returning back home after visiting London and Paris to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Speaking to Cincinatti.com, Nazia Ali said the incident was “humiliating” and the flight crew “should have been more educated than to make assumptions based on appearances.” According to reports, the couple flew home the following day.