NEW YORK — American Airlines just got slapped with a $9 million lawsuit from four men who claim they were kicked off a flight for “looking too Muslim.”
Before their flight from Toronto to New York ever took, one man says the flight attendant “dramatically” woke him up and “demanded” he exit the plane.
Believing the plane was undergoing an emergency evacuation, he complied, only to realize later that he was being singled out.
“It basically made me feel like a criminal,” a man only identified as W.H. told CNN in a phone interview. “It was like I was put on a pedestal where everyone is pointing at you. I was frightened that they were frightened.”
Three of the four men kicked off the plane are Muslim. Another is Sikh. All the men are U.S. citizens in their 20s and all four were sitting near the front of the plane, the lawsuit states.
The flight was operated by Republic Airways, a regional partner of American Airlines. American is reviewing the lawsuit, according to spokesman Victoria Lupica.