Muhammad Ali Jr. WAS NOT DETAINED a second time at the airport! We smell an attention seeker who’s just searching for his 15 minutes of fame. Check out what the TSA said about his visit to the airport and his bogus claim of being “detained”…
“The TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers, and that did not happen.”
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ HAD TO GET IN ON THE ACT. SHE WAS PICTURED WITH ALI:
A month after he was held by immigration officials and questioned about his Muslim faith at a Florida airport, Muhammad Ali Jr. was stopped and questioned Friday at Reagan National airport in Washington, D.C., at the ticket counter and again at the security checkpoint.
The incident was first reported in a tweet sent Friday afternoon from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s account: “On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN by @DHSgov. Religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe.” The tweet included a photo of Wasserman Schultz and Ali Jr. on a plane.
The TSA said it did not detain Ali Jr., but only stopped him to verify his identity. In an email to the Courier-Journal, a TSA spokesman wrote, “The TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers, and that did not happen.”
According to the TSA, Ali Jr. arrived at the check-in counter at Reagan National, at which time “a call was made to confirm Mr. Ali’s identity with TSA officials.” After 11 minutes, he was eventually cleared and sent to the security checkpoint. At the checkpoint, Ali Jr.’s “large jewelry” set off the scanner and he was patted down by agents. After a seven-minute screening he was cleared to catch his flight.
In an email exchange with the Courier-Journal, a TSA spokesman bristled at the suggestion Ali Jr. was detained, writing, “In the security world detain means to take into custody. … We don’t do that
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