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Advocates call for hate crime charges after white woman calls ‘visibly Muslim woman’ a ‘terrorist’

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16.09.2021

I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories about Spirit Airlines, which are primarily known for their cheap but often unpleasant flights. In this case, though, the story isn’t about the inconveniences of flying with Spirit; it deals with the issues of flying while Muslim.

While the phrase is often associated with security and service staff mistreating Muslim travelers, a Muslim woman was harassed and mistreated by another traveler in this incident. After intervening when a white woman harassed another passenger of color, a "visibly Muslim woman" wearing an Islamic headscarf was harassed by the same woman. Identified as Aicha Toure, the hijab-wearing woman was called a "Muslim terrorist” for asking the white woman to stop cursing and intimidating an elderly South Asian woman, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"During the flight, the white woman reportedly initiated altercations with minority crew members on the flight, and upon landing in Detroit began harassing and intimidating an older woman who looked to be of South Asian descent," the Michigan Chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations........

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