California student removed from flight for using Arabic

California student removed from flight for using Arabic

A UC Berkeley student, who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee, has alleged that he was unjustly removed from a flight at Los Angeles International Airport.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi said he was aboard a Los Angeles –Oakland flight, when he was taken down after a fellow passenger reported authorities about his conversation he was having with someone in Arabic.

Officers took him off the plane for questioning, and the plane took off while he was being questioned. The alleged incident occurred on April 9.

Grumbling about the incident, he added, “My family and I have been through a lot, and this is just another one of the experiences I have had. Human dignity is the most valuable thing in the world, not money. If they apologized, maybe it would teach them to treat people equally.”

The 26-year-old senior at UC Berkeley said that he was calling his uncle to tell him about a speech he had attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

During the conversation, Makhzoomi told his uncle that he asked a question on the Islamic State (IS) militant group at the event. The use of words Islamic State and ‘inshallah’ led to suspicion.

Federal investigators in Los Angeles said officers questioned Makhzoomi and determined that no further action was required.