DETROIT (WWJ) – A University of Michigan student is filing a discrimination complaint with the State Department of Civil Rights after she says she was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight on Saturday.
Nadia Majed says she was diagnosed with claustrophobia and anxiety, and asked for an apparently open window seat when she got into a dispute with a flight attendant.READ MORE: U Of M Establishes New Sexual Misconduct Policy For Employees, Students
“She asked me, ‘do you not understand what I’m telling you? I said go back to your seat,’ and she’s snapping her neck and like raising her voice,” said Majed.
“I just started hyperventilating,” she said.
“I kind of lost it – one thing I did wrong – I swore at her and she said ‘you want to swear at me, watch I’m going to get you kicked off this plane,'” said Majed who said it was all very humiliating.
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Nabih Ayad is Majed’s attorney.
“I’ve been doing this for 16 years, when someone tells you they have a certain medical condition … tells us, in our experience and our expertise that it was literally her inaction was due to her ethnic background,” said Ayad.
He says there’s a growing anti-Arab sentiment and included remarks made by GOP candidate Donald Trump, “saying that Islam hates us … this guy’s ignorant to the point of stupid.”
The Arab American Civil Rights League wants the State Department of Civil Rights to investigate her treatment by the airlines.
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WWJ has a call out to Spirit Airlines for comment.