Published On: Tue, Apr 19th, 2016

This is what happens when God doesn’t will you fly Southwest


He was supposed to get on the plane, catch his flight and get back to campus. Little did he know, ‘God willed’ something else for him.

On April 6, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a student studying political science at University of California, Berkeley, boarded a flight with Southwest Airlines to travel from Los Angeles to Oakland, California.

Makhzoomi had just attended a dinner with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a day before, and was telling his uncle back in Baghdad, Iraq all about it.

Toward the end of his conversation, he told his uncle, “Insha’Allah, Insha’Allah (God willing) I will call you [when I reach Oakland].”

While he was chatting, Makhzoomi said, a woman eyeballed him. Minutes later, Makhzoomi, who had fled Iraq in 2002 after his father was killed during the Saddam regime, was escorted off the plane.

Law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), searched him and questioned Makhzoomi about Jihad; upon learning that he had only said “Insha’Allah,” the FBI agent set Makhzoomi free. Makhzoomi was then informed Southwest Airlines would not fly him and that he can collect his refund.

Makhzoomi said he was so disturbed by the incident that he slept for days, calling Southwest Airlines on Monday only to inquire about his status. Though the airline ensure him he was clear, it did not issue an apology to him, which troubled Makhzoomi.

He said he considered filing a lawsuit against the airline, but decided against it. “I don’t want money,” Makhzoomi told The Daily Californian, where the story first appeared. “I don’t care about that. All I want is an apology.”

Messages of support from across America and the world have poured in for Makhzoomi on social media ever since the story broke. People from diverse racial backgrounds are shaming Southwest Airlines for not issuing an apology to Makhzoomi.


A statement from Southwest Airlines says that prior to departure, the flight crew decided to investigate “potentially threatening comments” made by Makhzoomi aboard the aircraft.

“We wouldn’t remove passengers from flights without a collaborative decision rooted in established procedures,” the statement reads. “We regret any less than positive experience onboard our aircraft. … Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind.”

The airline further maintained it is trying to contact Makhzoomi: “We would like the opportunity to speak with Mr. Makhzoomi further about his experience and have reached out to him several times.”

However, an apology has yet to be released.


News Source CNN

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology