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Judge Rules Against United In Discrimination Suit

A Los Angeles judge has ruled in favor of an Arab-American who was taken off a United Airlines flight three months after the September eleventh terrorist attacks. Assem Bayaa says he was told by security that he was removed because “the crew doesn´t feel comfortable having you aboard.” Bayaa filed a lawsuit that seeks an injunction barring United from engaging in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against Arab-Americans.

United sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. But US District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper denied the carrier’s motion. The judge ruled that while airlines have a legal right to remove passengers who pose a security threat, that does not allow them to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin.