Muslim USAF Veteran Prevented From Leaving Country

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Oklahoma chapter says a Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran has been barred from boarding a flight to Amsterdam.

CAIR Director Adam Soltani says Saadiq Long attempted to board a plane at Will Rogers World Airport on Wednesday and was denied a boarding pass by the airline.

U.S. Transportation Security Administration spokesman David Castelveter says a list of people prohibited from flying is maintained by the FBI, but he could not confirm whether Long was on the list. FBI spokesman Rick Rains in Oklahoma City declined comment.

Long says he also had difficulty entering the country last year.

Soltani said Long has been visiting his ailing mother in Oklahoma for several months and was attempting to return to his home in Qatar.

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