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AIRPLANE DISPUTE
(2007-08-30)
(wgvu) - AN ARGUMENT INVOLVING SIX ARABIC-SPEAKING MEN
RETURNING HOME TO DETROIT FORCED PASSENGERS FROM AN AMERICAN
AIRLINES FLIGHT.
MORE THAN 120 PEOPLE WERE BOOKED ON TUESDAY NIGHT'S FLIGHT FROM
SAN DIEGO TO CHICAGO.
THE PLANE WAS HELD OVERNIGHT BECAUSE OF AN 11:30 P.M. CURFEW AT
LINDBERGH FIELD. IT LEFT YESTERDAY MORNING AND ARRIVED IN CHICAGO
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
AN AIRLINE SPOKESMAN SAYS A PASSENGER TRAVELING WITH HIS TWO
CHILDREN HAD ARGUED WITH THE IRAQI MEN.
THE MEN HAD BEEN TRAINING MARINES AND WORKED FOR AN ALASKA-BASED
INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS COMPANY.
THE COMPANY'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE SAYS THE MEN DID NOTHING WRONG AND
THAT SOME PASSENGERS HAD COMPLAINED AFTER HEARING THEM SPEAK
ARABIC.
POLICE QUESTIONED AND RELEASED THE IRAQI MEN.



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