Muslim woman says she was discriminated against on United flight

Muslim Woman Says She Was Discriminated Against On United Flight

The Internet is calling for a boycott of United Airlines after a Muslim woman accused them of discriminating against her during a flight.

Tahera Ahmad said that when she ordered a Diet Coke on the plane, the flight attendant brought her an opened can. Ahmed said she asked for an unopened one because of hygiene concerns but the attendant explained that airline policy prohibits them from serving unopened drinks because they can be used as a weapon.

The problem began a short time later when the same flight attendant brought another passenger across the aisle an unopened can of beer.

"I told her that she was clearly discriminating against me because she gave the man next to me an unopened can of beer. She looked at his can, quickly grabbed it and opened it and said, 'It's so you don't use it as a weapon,'" Ahmad explains in a Facebook post. "Appalled at her behavior I asked people around me if they witnessed this discriminatory and disgusting behavior...."

At that moment, Ahmad said another passenger stood up and yelled at her to be quiet and
"leaned over from his seat, looked me straight in the eyes and said, 'Yes you know you would use it as a WEAPON so shut the f*** up.' I felt the hate in his voice and his raging eyes."

"I can't help but cry on this plane because I thought people would defend me and say something. Some people just shook their heads in dismay. ‪#IslamophobiaISREAL‬," she wrote.

Ahmad's story quickly caught the attention of the Internet and social media users created the hashtag #UnitedForTahera to express their support for her and call for others to boycott the airline.

A United spokesman told CNN that a flight attendant had tried several times to accommodates Ahmad's beverage request but that there was a, quote, "misunderstanding."

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