Security checks on air travelers prompt outcry from ACLU, Muslim Advocates and NAACP

Friday, 13 October 2017, 04:52:44 PM. Multiple civil rights groups have issued protests against a series of incidents involving unusual screening and identity checks on airline passengers who were stopped and questioned or forcibly removed from planes.

The drama in airplane cabins won’t go away.

Six months after a physician was dragged off a United Airlines flight, civil rights groups are protesting a series of incidents involving passengers who were forcibly removed or underwent extra screening on planes.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents of violating the rights of passengers who were stopped and questioned before they were allowed to leave a Delta Air Lines flight Feb. 22 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of several passengers, said the agents had no justification to stop and question every passenger in the search for an immigrant who had received a deportation order from the U.S. The immigrant was not found on the plane.

In a statement, the border protection agency said it does not comment on pending litigation but added that “lack of comment should not be construed as agreement or stipulation with any of the allegations.”

Meanwhile, the NAACP and Muslim Advocates, an advocacy and education group, have called on eight of the nation’s largest airlines to require anti-bias training for all customer service employees.

security-checks-on-air-travelers-prompt-outcry-from-aclu-muslim-advocates-and-naacp photo 1 On a Southwest flight from Baltimore to Los Angeles, police officers grabbed the woman's arms and held her by the chest as they pushed her down the jet's aisle Tuesday night. South ... On a Southwest flight from Baltimore to Los Angeles, police officers grabbed the woman's arms and held her by the chest as they pushed her down the jet's aisle Tuesday night. South ...

The call follows an incident last month in which a Muslim woman, Anila Daulatzai, told the crew on a Southwest Airlines flight that she was allergic to two dogs in the cabin but refused to leave. She was forcibly removed by police in an incident that was recorded on a cellphone video.

Daulatzai, a Baltimore professor, was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

An airline trade group said airline customer service workers already undergo training on non-discrimination, diversity and inclusiveness.

“Airlines have renewed their focus on training for all customer-facing staff to make sure they are taking care of all passengers and delivering a pleasant travel experience on each and every flight,” said Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for Airlines for America.

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Drone footage reveals the devastation wrought by the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa. An astounding number of women have shared stories of alleged sexual misconduct by producer Harvey Weinstein. A USC administrator has left his post in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. President Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Credits: Associated Press, Travis Geske, Getty, KTLA

Drone footage reveals the devastation wrought by the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa. An astounding number of women have shared stories of alleged sexual misconduct by producer Harvey Weinstein. A USC administrator has left his post in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. President Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Credits: Associated Press, Travis Geske, Getty, KTLA

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Drone footage reveals the devastation wrought by the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa. An astounding number of women have shared stories of alleged sexual misconduct by producer Harvey Weinstein. A USC administrator has left his post in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. President Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Credits: Associated Press, Travis Geske, Getty, KTLA

Drone footage reveals the devastation wrought by the deadly Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa. An astounding number of women have shared stories of alleged sexual misconduct by producer Harvey Weinstein. A USC administrator has left his post in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. President Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Credits: Associated Press, Travis Geske, Getty, KTLA

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Over 160,000 acres have been destroyed in northern California fires.

Over 160,000 acres have been destroyed in northern California fires.

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The death toll from the Northern California fires has reached 17. A wounded Mandalay Bay security guard warned hotel officials about a gunman before the Las Vegas massacre. Harvey Weinstein is facing more sexual assault and harassment allegations. The FBI’s investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball continues to expand. 

The death toll from the Northern California fires has reached 17. A wounded Mandalay Bay security guard warned hotel officials about a gunman before the Las Vegas massacre. Harvey Weinstein is facing more sexual assault and harassment allegations. The FBI’s investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball continues to expand. 

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A Northern California firestorm is one of the worst in state history, officials say. The Dodgers are heading to the NLCS after beating the Diamondbacks Monday night. Police have dramatically changed their account of how the Las Vegas massacre began. The Los Angeles Times has named a new editor in chief. 

A Northern California firestorm is one of the worst in state history, officials say. The Dodgers are heading to the NLCS after beating the Diamondbacks Monday night. Police have dramatically changed their account of how the Las Vegas massacre began. The Los Angeles Times has named a new editor in chief. 

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A wind-fed wildfire surged over the Anaheim Hills on Monday, burning several homes and forcing thousands to evacuate as fire crews struggled to battle the rapidly growing blaze.

A wind-fed wildfire surged over the Anaheim Hills on Monday, burning several homes and forcing thousands to evacuate as fire crews struggled to battle the rapidly growing blaze.

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