Son Of Legend Muhammad Ali Questioned Another Time At An Airport

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was with Muhammad Ali Jr. as he was detained for the second time in little more than a month

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was with Muhammad Ali Jr. as he was detained for the second time in little more than a month

The son of the former heavyweight champion was stopped and questioned at a Washington airport on Friday before being allowed to board his flight to Fort Lauderdale, a lawyer for Ali.

The son of the late legendary boxer was also launching a campaign called "Step into the Ring" in the city in opposition to President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, after he was detained at a Florida Airport for nearly two hours.

When Ali Jr. arrived in Washington on Friday for a flight to Florida, he presented authorities with his Illinois ID to obtain his boarding pass.

This is while Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein acknowledged that TSA officers confirmed Ali's identity before he boarded his flight, further noting that Ali was also searched because his jewelry set off a checkpoint scanner alarm.

Mancini said the call lasted 20 minutes. Once Ali gave his passport to the agent, who read the passport number to DHS, he was allowed to go to security.

Though the U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement to the Washington Post asserting that the agency does not discriminate "based on religion, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation", it is notable that Ali and his mother had these experiences while Trump's travel bans were in effect.

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. was the first to report on the incident.

WHAS11's sister station WPLG spoke with Ali Jr. when he returned from his trip to Washington D.C. with his mother and his attorney. She tweeted out a photo of the two of them and wrote, "Religiously profiling son of "The Greatest" will not make us safe".

Ali and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, who were both born in the U.S., were stopped at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when returning from Jamaica on 7 February this year.

"Somebody needs to turn this "humanity" switch on because we're not going to go back to Robert E. Lee, " Camacho-Ali told lawmakers on Thursday (via USA Today), referring to the Confederate Civil War general.

"I think I was singled out and it was premeditated", Ali said. "I was just dumbfounded", Ali said.

The Department of Homeland Security and JetBlue did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News request for comment. According to Ali Jr., he was repeatedly was asked his name, where his name came from and what his religion was. He said that the screening can consist of additional questions and verification of a traveler's identity, however, "we have no interest in questioning anyone for two hours about their religion".

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