The plane took off without them.
By Sreekanth A. Nair
Two Muslim women were escorted out of a plane by police after a cabin crew member accused them of staring at her.
The JetBlue plane from Boston to Los Angeles took off without the duo after they were escorted out.
Passengers said they had “overheard a flight attendant tell a co-worker that she didn’t like the way two Muslim women were staring back at her”.
“It was a terrible moment – honestly – these women sat quietly, watched movies – it felt like overkill from this flight attendant,” Sharon Kessler, a passenger who was on the plane wrote on her Facebook.
A video of the incident has also been uploaded on YouTube.
“The flight attendant had casually relayed to a co-worker that she did not appreciate being stared at – she did not seem rattled or scared – just smug. Then – after we landed – she announced that the authorities would be boarding the plane and to remain in our seats with seat belts,” said Kessler.
The plane was taxiing when it stopped and escorted out the women.
“If a crew member believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crew member may report it for further review. In this instance, our crewmembers acted in accordance with security procedures. We appreciate our customers’ patience and cooperation, and apologize for the inconvenience,” the airline company said in a statement.
“More than 35 million customers from many cultures and backgrounds travel on JetBlue without incident each year. Our crewmembers’ first priority is the safe and secure operation of our flights, and as a security precaution, are asked to be aware of anyone who may be filming or taking photographs of in-flight procedures or the flight deck area,” it added.