Muhammad Ali’s Son Detained Again At Airport, Alleges Religious Profiling
Son of boxing legend, Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained and questioned at a Washington airport on Friday.
According to his lawyer, Ali Jr. was later allowed to board a flight to Fort Lauderdale.
Ali Jr. alleges that he was religiously profiled at the airport, hence his being detained and questioned.
Ali had traveled to Washington on Wednesday, without incident, to speak with members of a congressional subcommittee on border security about a previous detention.
With him on the trip was late Muhammad Ali’s wife (his mother), Khalilah Camacho Ali,.
Both of them were stopped at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport after returning from Jamaica on Feb. 7.
Attorney Chris Mancini said Ali was detained for 20 minutes after attempting to board a JetBlue Airways flight home to Florida on Friday.
Mancini disclosed that Ali spoke to Department of Homeland Security officials by telephone and showed his driver’s license and passport before being allowed to board.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration said Ali’s identity had to be confirmed by the agency before boarding the flight.
Mancini in a telephone interview said:
“None of this was happening Wednesday.
“Going to Washington obviously opened up a can of worms at DHS.”
Muhammad Ali’s Son Alleges Religious Profiling At Airport
Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was on the same flight as Ali.
Schultz tweeted a photo with Ali saying that “religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe.”
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) March 10, 2017
Ali Jr. told members of Congress on Thursday that he felt like his “human rights” were violated.
“I felt just like I felt at my father’s funeral, I didn’t know what to think. I was just dumbfounded.”
The mother and son have said in interviews that they believe they have been stopped because they are Muslim with Arabic names.
Both Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother are born in the United States.