Man Kicked Off Southwest Flight for Speaking Arabic

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LOS ANGELES -- You’ve heard of passengers getting kicked off planes for fighting or being too drunk, but what about just for speaking? That’s what one man claims happened on a Southwest Airlines flight back in April.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi says trouble started when another passenger felt threatened by him speaking in Arabic on his phone. Next thing he knows, he's being kicked off the plane!

The UC Berkeley student is accusing southwest airlines of Islamophobia. He’s now filed a formal complaint and is demanding an apology.

Southwest Airlines released a statement saying, "To respect the privacy of those involved, we will not publicly share any further specifics of the event.”

So what did he say on his phone that started all this mess in the first place? "Inshallah," which means "God-willing."