A month after he was held by immigration officials and questioned about his Muslim faith at a Florida airport, Muhammad Ali Jr. was stopped and questioned Friday at Reagan National airport in Washington, D.C., at the ticket counter and again at the security checkpoint.
The incident was first reported in a tweet sent Friday afternoon from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s account: “On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN by @DHSgov. Religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe.” The tweet included a photo of Wasserman Schultz and Ali Jr. on a plane.
It is not clear that self-righteously aligning themselves with Muslim crybullies will be a winning strategy for liberal politicians. Many Americans appear to have forgotten about September 11, but the next major terror attack will remind them.
The TSA said it did not detain Ali Jr., but only stopped him to verify his identity. In an email to the Courier-Journal, a TSA spokesman wrote, “The TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers, and that did not happen.”
According to the TSA, Ali Jr. arrived at the check-in counter at Reagan National, at which time “a call was made to confirm Mr. Ali’s identity with TSA officials.” After 11 minutes, he was eventually cleared and sent to the security checkpoint. At the checkpoint, Ali Jr.’s “large jewelry” set off the scanner and he was patted down by agents. After a seven-minute screening he was cleared to catch his flight.
If this happens to a regular American, it is just another day at the post-9/11 airport. But if your name is Mohammad Ali, then it constitutes oppression.
On a tip from rpp618.