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Old 06-04-2002, 07:14 PM   #1
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Suits Allege Post-Sept.11 Airline Discrimination

Suits Allege Post-Sept.11 Airline Discrimination

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Civil rights groups filed lawsuits against four major U.S. airlines on Tuesday, alleging discrimination against five men who were removed from flights after the Sept. 11 attacks because they looked Middle Eastern.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee named United Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines in the suits filed in federal court in Maryland, New Jersey and California.
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Airlines sued over 'discrimination'

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4 Sue American Airlines Over Search

4 Sue American Airlines Over Search

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Four New Jersey men are suing American Airlines, claiming they were wrongly removed from an airplane in March and strip-searched because of their Arabic names.

The men, who filed a lawsuit on Friday, say they were headed home from a Florida vacation when airline officials asked them to get off the plane prior to takeoff.

Three employees then searched them in full view of other passengers for 30 minutes, the lawsuit alleges, forcing them to lift up their shirts and lower their pants. The men said the captain eventually apologized and allowed them to get back on the plane.

The men Eyhab Matari, 25, of Prospect Park, Ehab Abdelaziz, 22, of Paterson, Osama Zeidan, 20, of Clifton, and Waesam Hamdan, 22, of Paterson are all U.S. citizens of Palestinian descent. They seek unspecified damages in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark.

"I don't feel American now," Hamdan, who was born in the United States, said Thursday during a news conference at a Teaneck mosque. "I feel second class."
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