[Ed. – So, at least, she claims. There’s usually more to these stories; I’ll suspend judgment for now.]
United Airlines has been accused of discrimination after refusing to give an unopened can of Diet Coke to a female Muslim passenger.
Tahera Ahmad said in a post on her Facebook page that the flight attendant was “clearly discriminating against me” after giving the male passenger seated next to her an unopened can of beer.
Ahmad’s Facebook page is no longer available. She did not immediately respond to the Daily News’ request for comment.
Ahmad, who is the Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University, said that in the ensuing argument, one of her fellow passengers told her: “You (are) Moslem, you need to shut the f–k up.” …
Ahmad was given one can that had already been opened, but said she wanted an unopened can for hygienic reasons.
But she said she was told by the flight attendant: “Well, I’m sorry. I just can’t give you an unopened can, so no Diet Coke for you.”
Ahmad said she then pointed out that the man next to her had just been handed an unopened beer and told the attendant she was being discriminated against. The employee then quickly opened her neighbor’s beer can.