A plane passenger filmed the shocking moment two Muslim women were escorted off a jet by police amid claims a flight attendant accused them of “staring” at her.
Having flown to Los Angeles from Boston on the JetBlue flight without incident, the two women were marched off the jet after touching down in California.
The women, wearing hijabs, are seen in the mobile phone footage silently gathering their hand luggage while other passengers remain seated.
According to the Sun, the video was filmed by witness Sharon Kessler and posted on YouTube by her friend Mark Frauenfelder.
Ms Kessler apparently told Mr Frauenfelder that she overheard one of the cabin crew explaining to a co-worker hat she “did not appreciate being stared at”.
She’s also said to have appeared “smug” when she relayed this information.
Mr Kessler later wrote on Facebook that the women had been quietly watching films throughout the flight and that it felt like “overkill from the flight attendant.”
JetBlue responded to the newspaper in a statement, saying the flight attendant believed one of the women had been filming the journey.
“If a crew member believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crew member may report it for further review,” the statement read.
“In this instance, our crew members acted in accordance with security procedures.
“We appreciate our customers’ patience and cooperation, and apologise for the inconvenience.”