‘No Diet Coke for you’: Islamophobia at 30,000 feet leads to viral United Airlines boycott


Looks like the outrage over Islamophobia by an airline is greater than the interest in Islamophobia by some armed bikers in Arizona.

What happens when you ask for an unopened can of Diet Coke on an airplane? If you’re a Muslim woman, according to one report, you don’t get served.And the man sitting next to you gets an unopened can of beer just fine. Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim chaplain at Chicago’s Northwestern University, documented these allegations from onboard a United Airlines flight this weekend in an episode that almost immediately went viral – and led to pledges to boycott the airline. On her Facebook page, Ahmad claimed a flight attendant was “clearly discriminating against me” after she asked for an unopened of soda for hygienic reasons and says was told, “Well, I’m sorry. I just can’t give you an unopened can, so no Diet Coke for you.”

The incident is pretty screwed up, when you see how the initial discrimination triggered a tidal wave of hate and disrespect from other passengers, below:

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Looks like a pretty clear cut case of discrimination. If they want to hold on to their business, they’re going to have to double their efforts at sensitivity training.:-)

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