Several weeks after security officials detained the son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali at a Florida airport, asking him if he's Muslim, he was stopped again at another airport ― this time in Washington, D.C.
About a month after Muhammad Ali's son was detained for hours by immigration officials at a Florida airport, Muhammad Ali Jr. testified before Congress on Thursday, lobbying to end racial profiling.
It was only when Ali Jr. handed his United States passport to the JetBlue agent that he received his boarding pass.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), former chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), confirmed the incident with a tweet on Friday and uploaded a photo of herself and Ali.
Mancini, who accompanied Ali Jr. and Camacho-Ali on the trip, said that after he and Camacho-Ali received their boarding passes without issue from JetBlue, Ali Jr. stepped to the counter and presented his IL state ID.
The Trump administration recently issued travel restrictions that it says are aimed at keeping would-be terrorist out of the country while the government reviews vetting systems for refugees and visa applicants from certain parts of the world. In an email to The Courier-Journal, a TSA spokesman wrote, "The TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers, and that did not happen". He received a targeted pat down in the area of his jewelry and was let go.
The agent then put Ali on the phone with a DHS agent.
He was delayed for about 25 minutes while he spoke with someone from "homeland security".
"Religiously profiling the son of "The Greatest" will not make us safe", she said.
"When Mr Ali arrived at the checkpoint, his large jewellery alarmed the checkpoint scanner. They asked me questions", he said.
Ali Jr told members of Congress that he felt like his "human rights" were violated at the hearing. "I was just dumbfounded", he said according to the Associated Press (AP). Her son didn't have a photo to prove his famous pedigree, even though he does hold a USA passport and was born in Philadelphia.