Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a US university student was removed from a US plane after he made a call and spoke to his uncle in Arabic on the flight.
According to a report by the Washington Post , Khairuldeen Makhzoomi earlier this month had accepted an invitation to the dinner-and-lecture event in Los Angeles by a friend who works for the World Affairs Council.
The next day after receiving the invitation, he boarded the Southwest Airlines flight and made a call to his uncle, a political analyst in Baghdad on the plane to discuss the dinner and lecture with him, only for the woman sitting next to him to appear with authorities to arrest him.
Khairuldeen Makhzoomi adds that he spoke to his Uncle in Arabic and ended the call using a customary Arabic phrase meaning "God willing." "I'll call you when I land."
The said woman who reported him came with a Southwest employee who informed him, Makhzoomi, to step out of the plane. He narrates that he was led off the plane to a hallway by the boarding gate, where three police officers were awaiting him. He was queried as to why he spoke Arabic on the plane considering all the news surrounding terrorist attacks.
Makhzoomi who apologized for his actions was put to questioning by FBI officials and sniffer dogs who also did their duty after which he was left off the hook and told to get a refund for his flight from the same employee who took him off it
Makhzoomi is a US university student who originally hails from Iraq but came to the US as a refugee six years ago and his research centres on how life can be improved in his home country. He is accredited for having dinner with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.