Unfriendly skies

College professor dragged off Southwest flight claims she was victim of racial profiling


Last week, footage emerged of Anila Daulatzai, a 46-year-old college professor being dragged off a Southwest flight in Baltimore. The airline insists she was removed from the plane because of a non-disclosed “life-threatening” allergy to dogs, but Daulatzai claims she was racially profiled.

“Professor Daulatzai was profiled, abused, interrogated, detained, and subjected to false reporting and the trauma of racist, vitriolic public shaming precisely because she is a woman, a person of color, and a Muslim,” her lawyers wrote in a statement. Southwest crew members maintains they were forced to remove her from the flight after she had asked to deplane any dogs on board because of her life-threatening allergy, and was not able to show a medical certificate saying she would be able to travel safely, although Daulatzai disputes that version of events. Her lawyers allege that she suffered physical and mental distress, requiring medical care, all while being pregnant with her first child. Daulatzai was on her way to Los Angeles to visit her elderly father, who was about to go into the hospital for an operation. “[They] pulled her from her seat by her belt loop, dragged her through the aisle exposed with torn pants, and humiliated her for the world to see in a now viral video,” her lawyers wrote. The agency says that their officers acted within MDTA guidelines, however. The professor has been charged on several counts, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, according to court records. She spoke out about the ordeal with ABC’s Good Morning America. Watch her interview below.

Read the full story at The New York Post.


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