Arab-American family says they were racially profiled, kicked off flight

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An Arab-American family of five headed for a spring break vacation was recently kicked off a flight in Chicago.

According to WDIV, The family said it happened after they asked the flight attendant for child safety seats.

"I'm going to ask that you step off the aircraft with all your belongings," the flight attendant said to the family.

When the family questioned why, the pilot came over to explain. The mother asked if it was a discriminatory decision, but the crew repeatedly said it was a safety flight issue.

The mother, Amy Saad Shebly, recorded the incident and posted it on her Facebook with a powerful message, WDIV reported.

"Shame on you United Airlines for profiling my family for no reason than how we look. My three kids are too young to have experienced this," Shebly wrote.

The council on American Islamic relations of Michigan says it knows exactly what safety flight issues means— they say it means being guilty of flying while Muslim.

The family has filed a complaint with the council on American-Islamic relations of Illinois.

United Airlines said in a statement that the family was booked for a different flight later that day— the statement also said they have zero tolerance for discrimination.

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