A week after reports were made of Muhammad Ali Jr. being detained and suspiciously questioned by immigration officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the same incident has allegedly occurred for a second time.
Ali Jr.'s attorney, Chris Mancini, recently told the Associated Press that his client was questioned again on Friday — this time, at a Washington D.C. airport.
Ali Jr. was reportedly about to board a JetBlue Airways flight back to his home state of Florida when he was stopped and told to speak to Department of Homeland Security officials over the phone. Only after he showed both his passport and driver's license to the officials at the airport was he permitted to board the flight.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a statement to Complex explaining that Ali Jr. was held back due to his large amounts of jewelry, and not based on his religion.
"Upon arriving at the airline check-in counter, a call was made to confirm Mr. Ali's identity with TSA officials," they said. "When Mr. Ali arrived at the checkpoint, his large jewelry alarmed the checkpoint scanner. He received a targeted pat-down in the area of his jewelry to clear the alarm and was cleared to catch his flight."
According to reports, the TSA screening lasting seven minutes and the phone call to confirm his identity lasted 11. They further added that he was not detained as they do not have the authority to carry out that action.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democratic congresswoman, was a passenger on Ali Jr.'s flight. She tweeted a photo with him with a caption reflecting what had allegedly occurred.
Dating back to the initial incident, the Alis said they believe they were targeted because of their Muslim faith and Arabic names, and were put in this position as a result of President Donald Trump's attempted travel ban.
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