An airplane passenger was awarded $240,000 in compensation for being forced to cover up shirt, which contained Arabic writing.
Wired PR News.com – A man who was forced to cover up his Arabic t-shirt by officials from JetBlue Airways at JFK Airport in New York was recently granted legal compensation for the incident. As reported by AFP, Raed Jarrar was awarded $240,000 for a claim stemming from his apprehension at the airport in 2006 for wearing a t-shirt that featured Arabic script.
Jarrar was said to have been taken into custody and ordered to remove his shirt, which displayed “we will not be silent” in Arabic writing, while awaiting to board his flight. After agreeing to cover his shirt with another one provided to him, the airline allowed him to board the flight, but seated him at the back of the plane.
Aden Fine, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is quoted as stating in regards to the award, “The outcome of this case is a victory for free speech and a blow to the discriminatory practice of racial profiling.”
A similar incident was reported last week when nine Muslims, three of whom were children, were barred from a U.S. flight following claims from passengers that they were making “suspicious” comments about security.