Sep 14, 2011 6:02 AM by Kate Richards

Air passenger shocked at being removed from plane

DETROIT (AP) - An Ohio woman who was one of three people taken off an airplane at Detroit's airport and questioned on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, says she was shocked when armed officers stopped at her row and ordered her off.

Thirty-five-year-old Shoshana Hebshi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday that she believes she was targeted because of her Middle Eastern appearance. Hebshi describes herself as half-Arabic, half-Jewish with a dark complexion.

She said she endured nearly four hours in police custody that included being forced off an airplane in handcuffs, strip-searched and interrogated.

Authorities say fighter jets escorted the Denver-to-Detroit Frontier Airlines flight after its crew reported that two people were spending a long time in a bathroom.


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