Muslim woman removed from Southwest plane sues

October 6, 2011 - 8:05 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Muslim-American woman is suing Southwest Airlines Co. for discrimination because federal officials removed her from a plane.

Irum Abbasi and her attorneys announced the lawsuit Thursday in San Diego.

Abbasi is a Pakistani immigrant who's lived in the U.S. for a decade. She was on a flight from San Diego to San Jose in March when she says a flight attendant became concerned.

Abbasi was wearing a head scarf and told someone on her cellphone, "I have to go," because the plane was about to depart. But Abbasi says the attendant thought she said, "It's a go."

The mother of three was taken off the plane and checked by TSA agents. She got on the next flight.

The Dallas-based airline later apologized. Abbasi says she wants the crew disciplined.