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Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
U.S. | By Wayne Curry

Muhammad Ali Jr. Says He Was Questioned at an Airport Again

Muhammad Ali Jr. Says He Was Questioned at an Airport Again

The son of the renowned heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has reportedly been detained once again by immigration agents at a USA airport, according to the family's lawyer, Chris Mancini.

The incident occurred the day after Ali spoke out in Washington against Donald Trump's travel ban at a congressional forum on immigration organized by House Democrats.

On Friday, Attorney Chris Mancini says Ali Jr. was detained for 20 minutes as he attempted to board a JetBlue Airways flight.

It was only when Ali Jr. handed his United States passport to the JetBlue agent that he received his boarding pass.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who was returning to South Florida on the same flight Friday afternoon, announced the incident on Twitter.

Mancini said that the family is filing a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security as well as planning a lawsuit.

Ali believes he's being stopped because he's a Muslim.

Ms Farbstein said the TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers. "He received a targeted pat-down in the area of his jewelry to clear the alarm and was cleared to catch his flight". "The really troubling thing is that his record was flagged when he stepped up to the ticket counter and they said they had to call the Department of Homeland Security before he could even proceed to the TSA line, which is absolutely unacceptable". "Religiously profiling son of "The Greatest" will not make us safe", the tweet reads.

Mr Ali was told by airline staff that his IL identification card was invalid for flying, despite using this document to travel to Washington just two days earlier.

Ali's detention raised a number of eyebrows last month, particularly because his mother had not been detained after showing a picture of herself with the late heavyweight champion.

A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection has said Mr Ali was held for questioning, but not because of his name or religion. They did not ask about his religion. Her son didn't have a photo to prove his famous pedigree, even though he does hold a US passport and was born in Philadelphia. The forum was organized by Democratic lawmakers.

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