Anila Daulatzai, a Muslim professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, was forcibly removed from a plane to Los Angeles in September, where her ill father awaited surgery.
After a number of passengers documented the incident, the footage went viral on social media. Daulatzai can be seen and heard resisting security men who forcibly escorted her off the plane.
The 46-year-old claimed she suffered an episode of discrimination, on board Southwest Airlines, “because she is a woman, a person of color, and a Muslim,” quoted Stepfeed in its Friday article.
The airline in question said that Daulatzai was only forced off the aircraft after she claimed to have life-threatening allergies to dogs. On the flight were two dogs which she had allegedly demanded to be removed, said the airline.
Because Daulatzai did not possess documentation to prove her allergy claims, the airline has the authority to forcibly remove her, they added. She was later detained and “charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other misdemeanor offence.”
However, the professor’s lawyers said that she did not claim her allergies were life-threatening. She also did not demand for the dogs to be taken off the plane, nor was she asked for medical documentation regarding her allergy, they added.
Daulatzai’s lawyers issued a statement saying: “Professor Daulatzai suffered physical injuries and mental trauma, required emergency care at a local hospital, including for her pregnancy, and is under continuing medical care. Professor Daulatzai has also received hate mail, including racist messages and threats of further violence. There was an attempted break in into her home. She has since left her home, fearing for her safety.”