Complaint submitted to +American Airlines
- hoping to get a good response!
Me, my wife and two parents were at baggage check-in. We were asked normal questions and then asked if any friends and family gave us any gifts or packages because they may be explosives or bombs. I replied "No" finding it a rather specific yet a ridiculous general question. After this we were again asked, "Are you sure because sometimes people are given items which are actually bombs?" This was absurd but again I thought it was something everyone was asked. So I again responded "No".
My wife was fuming as she immediately saw this was unfair. Me and my parents are American and brown. My wife is white and observes hijab so she was really upset. I felt that perhaps she was blowing it out of proportion. So I asked other travelers, primarily not brown or Muslim seeming, right then and there, if they received the same line of questioning. To my dismay, they didn't. At this point I realized me and my family had just been unjustly profiled and religiously discriminated against.
If that question needs to be asked, it needs to be asked of everyone however this was clearly not the case and furthermore it was repeatedly asked. Luggage is checked regardless of and airport security will perform it's due diligence as they should. I work with personnel as required but this was unacceptable.
I hope the individual JOHN DOE and others are made aware and disciplined that that is unacceptable.
Awaiting your response,