Pak couple sues American airline for racial profiling

NEW YORK: A Pakistan couple are suing American Airlines after they were handcuffed and escorted out of a plane based on a phone call with a hijacking threat, which turned out to be a hoax.

“The only reason police went to them is because their names were Maheen Ghani Taseer and Shahbaz Ali Taseer,” Joel Siegal, their lawyer, was as quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.”They were singled out and treated as the most vile terrorists,” he said.

The Daily Mail reported that Shahbaz is the son of Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province who was assassinated by an Islamic extremist in January.

The incident occurred on August 19 last year, and the case was transferred from the San Francisco Superior Court to the federal court this week.

The couple were vacationing in the US and were heading to New York to catch a flight back to Pakistan. They are currently in Pakistan.

In a statement, American Airlines said that it would move to dismiss the claims.

Categories: Americas

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