‘Racially profiled’ man on the loo got the flight of his life

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‘Racially profiled’ man on the loo got the flight of his life

Airline staff burst in on him while he was on the toilet, all because of his race and faith, passenger claims


An easyJet passenger claims he was racially profiled by airline staff who burst in on him while he used the toilet during a flight because he spent too long in the cubicle.
Adil Kayani, 35, was left red-faced when a flight attendant barged in on him while he was on the loo, with his trousers around his ankles.
EasyJet said staff did it for “safety and security reasons” after Kayani had been in the lavatory for more than 15 minutes.
However, Kayani said he was mortified and was left “exposed” after the male staffer unlocked the door from the outside.
The 35-year-old, a food wholesaler from Birmingham, England, said: “There was a heavy knock on the door. I shouted: ‘I’ll be out soon hold on a minute’.
“But then the lock turned from red to green. Someone had opened it from the outside and forced their way in.
“I was still sat on the toilet and I was completely exposed. I shouted get out and he shut the door immediately.
“They didn’t do this to anyone else on the flight. It’s not as if I was in the toilet for a long time. I feel completely violated.”
The incident occurred two hours into a flight from Marrakesh, Morocco, to Manchester, on March 5, as Kayani was travelling home from a winter holiday.
He claims he was in the toilet for less than 10 minutes when the steward opened the door.
However, the airline argues he was locked inside the bathroom for “some time” and staff were concerned for his welfare.
Kayani said he complained to “dismissive” staff.
“When I came out of the toilet I saw the guy who opened the door but he avoided me. I was expressing that I was unhappy about it.
“I sat back down and a stewardess was sent over to explain. She said it was part of their safety and security policy.”
Kayani was offered a £500 goodwill gesture and an apology from easyJet after he complained to the company when he got back to the UK. He said he rejected the offer.
While the airline says Kayani was barged in over concerns for his welfare, he claims to be a victim of “racial profiling” owing to his Pakistani heritage and Muslim faith.
– © The Daily Telegraph

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