Airline Denies Muslim Woman Diet Coke Because It “Could Be Used As A Weapon”

US airline United has faced criticism after a flight attendant refused to serve a Muslim passenger an unopened can of Diet Coke, in case she used it as a weapon to attack others on the plane.
News Limited report that the woman in question, Tahera Ahmad, was travelling to Washington to attend a conference on dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youth when the incident occurred.
Ahmad says she ordered a Diet Coke, and after being presented with an opened can, requested an unopened one for “hygienic reasons.”
A flight attendant told her this was against policy, saying “we are unauthorised to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane.”
When Ahmad complained that the man beside her had been given an unopened beer, and asked fellow passengers if they had witnessed the incident, a man began abusing her. 
“You Muslim, you need to shut the fuck up … Yes you know you would use it as a weapon so shut the fuck up,” he shouted, with the incident ultimately leaving Ahmad in tears.
“I can’t help but cry on this plane because I thought people would defend me and say something,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Some people just shook their heads in dismay.”
United subsequently issued a statement, claiming that the incident was a “misunderstanding”, but Ahmad said that “this is not about a can of soda” and has asked for an official apology over the inconsistencies in following procedure.

I am truly dissapointed at the latest statement by United Airlines. Unfortunately United has dismissed my entire…

Posted by Tahera Ahmad on Sunday, May 31, 2015

The airline claims it is investigating the incident.

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