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Jun 3, 2015 12:50 PM

Muslim chaplain: Derogatory remarks made on United flight

The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) A Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University says she wants United Airlines to make a public statement acknowledging she faced discriminatory treatment on a flight after she asked for an unopened can of Diet Coke.

Tahera Ahmad says she was told during the Friday flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C., that she was not allowed to have an unopened can.

She says the flight attendant gave another passenger an unopened beer can, but told her people may use unopened cans as weapons. Ahmad says she asked other passengers if they saw what happened, and one man swore at her.

United says it supports diversity and has apologized to Ahmad "for not delivering the service our customers expect when traveling with us."

Ahmad says United has trivialized the incident as "a misunderstanding."


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