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Arab woman kicked off plane cries discrimination

Posted at 11:16 PM, Mar 11, 2016
A Michigan woman is filing a discrimination complaint after being kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight to Las Vegas.
Another passenger on the flight says there may be another side to the story.
Nadia Majed, a 20-year-old Arab-American, says she suffers from claustrophobia and on a flight last weekend from San Diego to Las Vegas, she asked to be moved to a window seat.
It wasn't given to her.
"She wasn't being belligerent or anything like that," said Bill Brown, who was also on the flight. "She just wanted to sit by the window."
Brown says he heard the flight attendant say to someone else that Majed had called her a derogatory name.
Soon after, Majed was escorted from the plane.
"I was already triggered," Majed said. "I was already crying. I broke out in hives. I was trying to hold back my hyperventilating."
Now, Majed is claiming discriminatory treatment. She's not seeking money, but for Spirit employees to undergo sensitivity training.
Brown says there was no indication to him that the incident was racially motivated.
Spirit Airlines did not immediately return our calls for comment.