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Muslim Woman Denied A Can Of Coke ‘So She Doesn’t Use It As A Weapon’

June 1, 2015
Tahera Ahmaad/Source: Northwestern University

Islamophobia and the predominant fear of terrorism are nothing new to the US, but one airline took patronizing its customers to the next level. A Muslim woman on board of an internal United Airlines flight was denied a can of coke under the allegation that she would use it as a weapon.

Tahera Ahmad, 31, associate chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwest University was on her way from Chicago to Washington DC on Friday when she made a quite normal request to have a can of diet coke. What wasn’t normal though was the flight attendants refusal to meet her request, saying Well I’m sorry I just can’t give you an unopened can so no diet coke for you,” as mentioned on Ahmad’s Facebook page.

Shortly afterwards, a nearby passenger made a similar request for an unopened can of beer which was instantly fulfilled. This prompted Ahmad to inquire about the reason why unlike the other passenger she couldn’t get her unopened can of coke.

Ahmad narrates that the flight attendant responded saying: “We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane.”

“It’s so you don’t use it as a weapon,” the flight attendant added as she opened the man’s can of beer.

Thinking the abuse couldn’t get any worse, Ahmad was astonished to see that none of the passengers aided her in her claim, but actually threw more insults at her.

“You Muslim, you need to shut the f**k up,” yelled one man from across the plane. When Ahmad responded in surprise, commenting “What?!” the man went on to make sure his insult was loud and clear, saying: “Yes you know you would use it as a weapon, so shut the f**k 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,” Ahmad wrote on Facebook.

While support was the least Ahmad got on board of the flight, social media respondents were nothing short of supportive.

Joining the conversation on the hashtag #UnitedForTahera, several tweeps expressed their dismay by the story shared on Ahmad’s Facebook account, even causing a few of them to express boycotting United Airlines out of solidarity with Ahmad.

Having caused plenty of damage, Ahmad mentioned that the flight attendant did eventually apologize, adding that “The flight attendant also acknowledged that the man who yelled at me was wrong for doing so and apologized that her behavior led to that. She acknowledged it was unethical and said he never should have said anything.”

According to United Airlines spokesperson Charles Hobart, the company was keen to reach out to Ahmad to “get a better understanding of what occurred during the flight,” adding that “United is a company that strongly supports diversity and inclusion, and we and our partners do not discriminate against our employees or customers.”

Comments (15)

  1. Equality and Justice says:

    Most Americans are racists.

    1. Justice and Equality says:

      That statement is racist.

    2. Equality and Justice says:

      How ?

    3. Commander_Chico says:

      Yeah that’s why we have a black president.

      A black man would never be elected president of Egypt in a fair election, most Egyptians think they are only bawabs or field workers.

      I don’t see any black ministers, judges or generals in Egypt except for maybe Sadat, there are many in America.

    4. Minymina says:

      Because there aren’t any blacks in Egypt dimwit.

    5. m.salah says:

      YES there are smartass, they called “Nubians”.

    6. Minymina says:

      They aren’t ethnically black.

    7. Minymina says:

      First of all, Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Secondly, your source speaks in terms of DNA. It classify’s pretty much every Egyptian as black, which is untrue.

    8. Commander_Chico says:

      Wikipedia cites its sources. Most Egyptians are part black, it’s just a matter of degree.

      Egyptians with strong Arab, Turkish or Greek ancestry are not as black.

    9. Hu M. Being says:

      In your first post, you assumed that Egyptians would never elect a black person then you claim that most Egyptians are black….. Are you saying that America is not racist because you have a black president?

    10. Ahmad says:

      There you go again showing your stupidity. F**king salafi dog.

    11. Adam Canis Lupaster Pallipes says:

      Yes we are Africans, but since millenias of colonization, with finally the Arab conquest, we adopted some ‘Arab ways’ plus the language. Otherwise, our behavior is as African as any; Oppressive, Selfish, Lazy and the list goes on forever… However we did have ‘dark skinned’ president, Anwar Al Sadat. Regarding that Egyptians are not particular with respect to the color of whom runs the country. As with most countries with thousands of years History; India etc… The more North you go, the ‘Lighter’ the people and the more South you go, the ‘Darker’…

    12. Ahmad says:

      Nubians aren’t actually black.

    13. Equality and Justice says:

      Only after After 230 years of democracy , that too a half black president.

      Egypt doesn’t have any democracy , so 99.99999999% people there can not become president. Its only selected few can have access to power there.