Success: Islamophobic Flight Attendant Fired from Airline

Target: Jeff Smisek, President of United Airlines

Goal: Thank United Airlines leadership for firing flight attendant for blatant anti-Muslim discrimination.

A United Airlines flight attendant who allegedly refused to give a Muslim passenger a can of soda because she might “use it as a weapon” has been fired. Applaud the airline leadership for doing the right thing and taking this bigoted person off its staff.

Controversy recently erupted for United Airlines after Tahera Ahmad’s account of apparent discrimination against her during a flight went public. According to Ahmad, who is a Muslim, an as-of-yet unidentified flight attendant refused to give her a can of soda because she might weaponize it and use it to hurt other passengers or plane staff. Ahmad claimed it was discrimination, as the attendant went on to give cans to other non-Muslim passengers and refused to intervene when she was verbally harassed by a man across the aisle over her religion.

After this story made headlines across the nation, people swung into action. Thanks to the impassioned activism of people who would not abide such hateful stereotyping of Muslims, including those here at ForceChange, United Airlines announced that the flight attendant who allegedly discriminated against Ahmad for no reason but her Islamic faith would no longer be working for the airline.

Though this victory may be small, we can take pride in knowing that one less apparently bigoted person is in a position to perpetuate anti-Muslim oppression in the skies above our heads. Sign the petition below to thank the United Airlines leadership for taking a solid zero-tolerance stance against bias and discrimination on the part of its employee.


Dear President Smisek,

I am writing you today regarding the recently announced decision to fire the flight attendant who apparently discriminated against a Muslim passenger on the basis of, and implied that she was a danger due to, her faith. Specifically, I wanted to take the time to thank you for doing the right thing.

Muslims in the United States and around the world have been subject to discrimination, harassment, and sometimes even violence for years now, just because they are part of the same religion as the people who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. It goes without saying that this is unfair and that these people have done nothing to deserve such treatment.

Unfortunately, Tahera Ahmad’s reported experience on one of your flights reflects this culture of anti-Muslim suspicion and hate. Your quick response to it, and decision to release the flight attendant in question, was justified and encouraging.

If other companies were as fast to quell Islamophobia, discrimination, and hate from their ranks, we would all be better off. I thank you for doing the right thing and releasing this flight attendant from your airline’s service.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Zharif the Future Surgeon’s

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